Cat Helps Cops Catch Criminal

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by Bethany Meissner

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Photo Credit: Ephrata Police Department

Attentive cops use all sorts of clues to help them catch criminals. Often, they’re helped in their pursuit of fugitives by people who call in tips or point in the direction that someone ran. According to the York Daily Register, on a cool night in Lancaster County, PA, cops were helped by none other than a friendly black cat!

The Ephrata Police Department posted on their Facebook page that on Monday, November 28, Jonathan Michael Steffy ran while police were arresting him for an outstanding warrant. Police were able to narrow the man’s location down to a particular backyard, but couldn’t find him at first. Then, one officer “noticed a black cat” and thankfully took notice. The cat appeared to be crouching and “watching something intently.” There were two sheds in the backyard that the cat seemed to be looking near. The first shed was empty.

Then, the officer looked at the cat again and “noted that [he] was looking past him toward another shed.” The fugitive was hiding in the second shed! Because of the cat’s tip, the officer was able to take the fugitive into custody without any additional incident.

Although cats are more often associated with burglars than with cops, the Ephrata police department wrote on Facebook that they were “thankful for any crime fighting assistance we get, whether human or feline!” Citizens commented with their own stories of pets helping catch criminals, including dogs spotting criminals in meadows and cats staring at fugitives in the bushes. We hope more officers around the country take note and keep an eye out for how cats and dogs might be trying to tip them off.

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