Beanie Baby bandit might be cat

Dec. 19, 2006 at 4:36 PM
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PIEDMONT, Calif., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Police in Piedmont, Calif., investigating a possible stalker leaving Beanie Babies in residents' yards said they have video of a suspect -- a family cat.

Police said the feline suspect, Gertie, belongs to the owners of one of the homes, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday.

Michael Clancy and his family, who own Gertie, found the popular children's toys strewn about their porch and yard on three occasions. Clancy said he feared someone could be stalking his two young children.

Police said they have not ruled out human involvement.

"The cat was caught on tape but we don't know if it was moving the Beanie Babies from the location where somebody put them," police Capt. John Hunt told the Chronicle.

Clancy said he does not know where Gertie would get Beanie Babies.

"They're not going into Toys R Us, and they're not ordering them off the Internet," he said to the newspaper.

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