Burglars enter via cat doors

Last updated 12:37 08/04/2010

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Rotorua cat burglars are living up to their name by squeezing into houses through cat doors.

Mike Wickett, who lives in suburban Owhata, returned from the Easter weekend away to find his house had been broken into.

"They unscrewed the cat door and took the whole cat door off the glass," he told the Rotorua Daily Post.

The intruders had opened some drawers but nothing was taken. His burglar alarm had gone off, which might have frightened them off, he said.

Another resident in the same street, who did not want to be named, also returned home to find his cat door had been removed and a small amount of cash taken.

He had had a cat door for 24 years and it was the first time he had had a problem. "I guess I'll be getting an alarm."

Rotorua police Senior Sergeant Ed Van Den Broek said it was "quite unusual" for offenders to try and gain access through a cat door because of its size.

Two 13-year-olds had been referred to Youth Services

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