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Cat thief collared… by pet’s fans on Instagram

‘Catnapper’ gets collared by fans of Instagram star and pedigree pet Mr Muk after the fluffy ginger puss disappeared from his home

  • Izabela Mnich, 34, was reunited with her cat after the suspect recognised online
  • The ten-year-old Siberian Forest Cat was taken from her home in Islington 
  • A month later, the cat was found in Hampstead. A 22-year-old man was arrested 

An opportunist thief who plucked a pedigree cat from its garden was caught thanks to his victim’s online following.

Izabela Mnich, 34, was reunited with her ten-year-old Siberian Forest cat, known as Mr Muk, after the suspect was recognised in an online appeal.

Beloved: Izabela Mnich with her ‘celebrity’ cat

After the fluffy ginger pet disappeared from his home in Islington, North London, in July, his followers spread appeals across the globe. Officers released a CCTV image of Mr Muk with the catnapper, and more than a month later he was tracked down to nearby Hampstead, where police arrested a 22-year-old man.

Last night, Miss Mnich – whose moggy has a devoted following on Instagram thanks to regular pictures she posts online – released an image of the reunited pair and said: ‘Guess who is home?!’

Pet detective Robert Kenny, who helped the search, called the find ‘remarkable’. The man arrested was last night released without charge.

On the prowl: Mr Muk

On the prowl: Mr Muk

 

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