PORTLAND – Police are investigating a possible cat-napper in North Portland's St. Johns Neighborhood.
Close to a dozen cats have been reported missing in the area in the past few weeks, including two incidents that prompted 911 calls. Missing posters have been posted all over the neighborhood.
On November 15, a person called 911 and told dispatchers they saw a man pick up a friend's cat by the tail, put the cat in a car and drive away. They said the suspect was wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt and driving a white four-door car.
Then on December 23, another resident in the area reported seeing a man on the street “squatting down and appearing to be trying to lure cats,” according to Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau. That suspect was described as wearing all dark clothes and a hat and driving a white 2000-2004 Cadillac Deville, 4-door, with tinted windows and possibly a headlight out.
“The district officer in the neighborhood has been told of other cats missing, but to date there are only these two reports linking a person to cat theft,” Simpson said.
Mike Davidson's cat is among the missing and so is Caelie Winchester's beloved pet.
"It's disturbing and I find it most of all bizarre," Davidson said. "I can't see why someone would want to do that. What kind of satisfaction someone would have for stealing cats, in this quantity as well."
"If somebody is picking them up and doing something to them you just hate to think what that could be," Winchester said.
Theft of an animal is a felony in Oregon and Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward to try and help solve the case.
Anonymous tips can be left online, or via a text message to: CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the information.
Anyone who sees something that may help investigators was urged to call 911 or the non-emergency number: (503) 823-3333.