Cat steals more than 50 gloves from the neighbourhood (and a pair of knickers)

When Jane Dennerly, 54, discovered a pair of gloves on her doormat, she wasn’t sure what to think.

Soon gloves were coming thick and fast.

She would often return from work at night to be greeted by yet another
present at the front door.

Along with an increasing number of gloves, there were clothes, paint
brushes – even a pair of knickers.

It didn’t take Jane long to find the culprit.

Her seemingly sweet cat, Bella, had been pinching items from unsuspecting neighbours in Manchester at night and bringing them back to the house.

So if you live in the Prestwich area and keep losing your gloves, you know who’s to blame.

It’s not a recent habit, Bella the sly kitty has been up to her tricks for the past four years.

She’s even nicked surgical gloves. Let’s just hope she’s dropped that habit now we’re in dire need of PPE.

‘They just kept coming and coming,’ said Jane.

‘I have a massive bag of gloves, there are about 50 odd in there. Som
of them are brand new.

‘We have had everything from workman’s gloves, gardening, even
surgical gloves.

She has even brought back a paint brush and a pair of
knickers in the past.’

The nine-year-old pet prefers to strike in the summer months when
neighbours have spent the day in their gardens.

Once the coast is clear, she takes what she likes and carries it home.

‘It starts in spring when the weather gets nice,’ added Jane. ‘Every couple of weeks we will get something.

‘We have had a few recently with the nice weather. We just laugh about it, it is so funny.’

Fortunately, Jane’s neighbours have seen the humorous side
of Bella’s michief.

When her daughter, Hannah, took to the Original Prestwich People
Facebook page to expose Bella’s secret, dozens of people responded.

‘Everyone seems to have found it hilarious,’ said Jane.

‘She is becoming a renowned thief. It makes me laugh that there are all these neighbours putting their gloves down and coming back to find they are gone.

‘Bella is so sweet-natured, you would not think she was going out at
night on the prowl. Her alter ego must come out when it is dark.’

Jane said she and her husband Ian had tried to work out who the
gloves belonged to, but had no success.

‘I often wonder how far Bella goes at night,’ she said.

‘I have said that anyone who wants them back can come to collect them,
but no one seems too bothered.

‘It has made everyone smile in the current climate.’

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