Columbus, Ohio | An 83-year old woman was arrested this morning and (charged with a crime) of training dozens of cats to steal jewelry and other valuables from her neighbors
The Columbus Police Department opened an act of asking questions and trying to find the truth on Ruth Gregson and her 65 cats in October after more than two, neighbors reported small objects being stolen from their homes.
Several victims reported being visited by Ms. Gregson’s cats before feeling the disappearance of shiny objects, like valuable cutlery and pieces of jewelry.
Despite their doubt and distrust, investigators began a watching people operation and were amazed by what they discovered.
According to Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs, dozens of cats were constantly coming and going, bringing home “anything that shined”.
“She was like Fagin in Oliver Twist, but she was using cats as thieves instead of children. In less than three hours of surveillance, the detectives saw the cats bring home more than a hundred objects.”
Upon searching Ms. Gregson’s house, investigators found $650,000 worth of jewelry and very valuable metal among piles of worthless shiny cheap necklaces.
A total of 65 adult cats and 17 kittens were found on the site and trusted to the Columbus Kind community Chief Jacobs says the old woman confessed to training her cats to steal, saying the cats had to”earn their meals“
“She would only feed the animals if they brought home valuables, so the animals had to steal every day in order to survive. Most were voluntarily malnurished so they would easily gain the neighbors’ pity and be allowed inside their houses.”
According to the Columbus Police, Ms. Gregson’s animals could have stolen from more than 5,000 houses and apartment in the area, and investigators invite possible victims to contact them.
Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs told reporters that the number of charges filed against Ms. Gregson could reach over five thousand.
While Ms. Gregson is the first person in American history to be charged with a crime of training cats to steal, this isn’t the first time that animals are trained to do/perform crimes.
In 2009, a secretly watching people that caught a monkey stealing hundreds of dollars worth of plants from a Texas nursery. At the time, the police and store owners had guessed that the monkey had been trained to take the plants and hand them over a fence to a waiting human partner in crime.
Not just it !
Man killed victim over laced weed!
A 30-year man shoots and killed another man because he believed the victim laced his marijuana, according to police.
Terrell Scott was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the death of Robert Caston.
Police said on June 26, Caston, 36, was found shot in the 4900 block of Shelter Cove, off Tchulahoma and Shelby Drive, just south of Oakhaven. He went to a home for help and was taken to the Regional Medical Center where he later died.
The killer believed the victim laced his weed, so he shot him, according to the arrest affidavit.
Scott remains in jail under no bond.
By Yolanda Jones of The Commercial Appeal