It would certainly be strange and probably a tad unnerving to come home to see your underwear strewn about the house. So when this woman started finding her delicates on the floor around her home, she decided to investigate and figure out who was invading her privacy.
The woman’s husband was probably also curious as to why his wife’s underwear kept being taken out from her drawer, so the couple opted to secretly film the thief. They consequently set up a camera to point directly at the underwear drawer in question. And sure enough, the culprit showed up to nab another prize.
Caught on tape red-handed, the thief can be seen deliberately reaching into the bottom drawer of a dresser and pulling out an item of pink underwear. And if that wasn’t brazen enough, the burglar then sits down at the scene of the crime to examine the goods.
The woman’s husband posted the video afterwards on YouTube under the username Posh Kitty. And the footage has attracted some attention, to say the least. The surprising sequence was also uploaded to the video-hosting platform Rumble, where it has since garnered more than a million views.
One might question why the couple posted the video on social media instead of going to the police. After all, if someone was breaking into your home to mess with your undergarments, you would probably want to put a stop to it. However, the couple discovered that the cause of the thefts actually came from inside their home.
It shouldn’t be surprising given the uploader’s username that the couple are fans of cats. Indeed, Posh Kitty had already used Rumble to upload videos of the couple’s cat, Dusty. The long-haired gray kitty was the star of various recorded hijinks, including shots of the cat playing tug-of-war like a dog and attacking a pair of slippers.
Dusty’s mischievous antics were apparently even more wide-reaching than that, though, because when the couple aimed the camera at the underwear drawer, the thief was none other than the cat himself. The husband subsequently wrote on YouTube, “My wife’s undies have been all over the floor lately… We have found the culprit!”
And that culprit was a certain long-haired gray kitty. In the video, Dusty can be seen peeking into the dresser drawer, which has a pullout gap for opening instead of a drawer handle. The cat then pokes his paw in through the opening and extends his arm down into the drawer. After Dusty fiddles with his paw a bit, a piece of bright pink fabric appears in the drawer’s opening.
Suddenly, Dusty looks over his shoulder as if hearing a noise. Seeming satisfied that no one is on to him, he goes back to the job at hand. The pink underwear starts slipping from his grasp, but Dusty hooks one claw into the garment before pulling it out of the drawer and onto the floor.
Settling down on the floor with his prize between his paws, Dusty nuzzles the fabric and chews on the clothing tag. Then camera zooms in and the cat seems to sense that he’s being observed. He looks up as innocent as can be and then goes right back to enjoying his catch.
Apparently, Dusty’s obsession with undergarments is not exactly unusual in cats. There have in fact been numerous cases of talented “cat burglars,” in the most literal sense. Indeed, another cat going by the same name was guilty of a similar “crime.” However, this other Dusty had taken his burglarizing up a notch.
Instead of just infiltrating his owner’s dresser drawers, the other Dusty expanded his territory to include an entire block in his San Mateo, California, neighborhood. He was captured on video prowling the streets at night. And he managed to amass an impressive amount of loot – the owners estimated some 600 items over the course of three years, according to ABC News.
Dusty’s infamy earned him the nickname “Klepto the cat,” and neighbors now know to check with Dusty’s owners before contacting the police when something goes missing. Indeed, the cat’s record for items looted in one night was 11.
Moreover, unlike the first Dusty, this California cat did not limit his stolen goods to underwear. “He’s not choosy,” said owner Jean Chu. According to SeattlePi, items Dusty has taken have included socks, shoes, towels, towels and stuffed animals. “He even swiped a neighbor’s bikini bottom that was drying outside and came back minutes later for the top,” Chu admitted.
Another famous kitty burglar, named Brigit, is far more particular about her stolen garments. “It’s an absolute obsession,” Brigit’s owner Sarah Nathan told The New Zealand Herald. The Tonkinese cat from Hamilton, New Zealand, prowled the streets at night and grabbed socks and underwear drying on clotheslines outside – but only certain types.
“In our last house, she’d bring home a bit of everything,” said Nathan. “She’d bring home men’s undies, women’s undies, togs, she even brought home a hockey shin pad and a jumper.” However, after the family moved to a new home, Brigit took a break from burglarizing for a while – before becoming a choosier thief.
“It’s all men’s,” said Nathan of the garments that Brigit now gathered during her nighttime prowls. “It’s really, really weird. She’s got really specific tastes.” In addition to nabbing only clothes belonging to men, Brigit also always stole socks in pairs. And she liked to then present her loot to Nathan.
Brigit often left items in Nathan’s bedroom or near the cat door. The six-year-old cat also liked to leave one sock at the front door and one at the back. “A night does not go by without her bringing things home. I got up this morning and there were another four socks in the house,” Nathan said.
Over a period of two months, in fact, Brigit stole 11 pairs of men’s boxers and more than 50 pairs of socks. Nathan posted a photo on Facebook of a smattering of men’s underwear on the floor, with the caption: “This morning’s haul. We may have to move.”
In fact, Brigit’s neighborhood robberies became so frequent that Nathan posted photos of the stolen items on Facebook, hoping to find the owners. “Someone must be missing their stuff,” he wrote. Though seemingly unlikely culprits, our feline friends have proved again just how mischievous they can be.