About a year ago, something perplexing began happening to Jade Jefferies.
She began to receive newspapers to her New Zealand home — newspapers she did not subscribe to.
But it gets stranger yet.
“They always have teeth marks in them,” Jefferies told The Dodo.
Jefferies said these inexplicable deliveries have been occurring several times a week since then. The true identity of the paperboy, however, always remained a mystery.
Still, given the bite marks, Jeffries began to suspect she knew who was behind it.
Now she has proof.
On Tuesday, Jefferies was at home when her son called her to the window. From a distance, they watched their rescue cat, Max, scampering through their neighbor’s property on his way back home. But it soon became clear he hadn’t been on some innocent adventure.
In Max’s mouth was — you guessed it — a newspaper.
Here’s footage of the furry thief in action:And with that, the sweet indoor/outdoor cat’s double life as a crook was uncovered.
“I’ve always had a feeling it was him,” Jefferies said.
It’s uncertain how many paying newspaper subscribers have been affected this little crime spree, but thanks to Jefferies’ video evidence, the culprit behind it is now clear.
It was Max.
Sure, theft is typically nothing to smile about, but chances are Max’s motives at least were pure. He was pretty much a feral cat when Jefferies and her family rescued him and took the time to get him acquainted with love. So, perhaps it’s fair to assume that Max’s ill-gotten gains were actually intended as gifts — a way of saying thanks.
Jefferies thinks that might be the case.
“He has a very unique personality,” she said.
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