Abbotsford Police warn of missing-cat ruse

A suspicious woman has been targeting Matsqui Village with a story about a missing pet

Abbotsford Police warn of missing-cat ruse

The Abbotsford Police Department (APD) is warning the public about a woman who uses the ruse of a missing cat to try to rob people.

Const. Ian MacDonald said a homeowner posted on Facebook about a recent incident that took place at her residence in Matsqui Village.

The resident had left her front door open and, when she was in a different area of the home,, saw a shadow. When she came back in the room, a woman was standing in the house and said she was looking for her missing cat.

The intruder quickly left the residence, and the homeowner noticed that her purse had been knocked to the floor. It appeared as if her purse had been rummaged through, but nothing was missing.

After the homeowner posted the incident on Facebook, others came forward with similar stories.

Most said they had come across a woman on their property, saying she was looking for either a lost dog or cat. In one case, she was holding a cat carrier.

No one reported that any items were stolen.

One resident was able to photograph the woman, with a male companion, and copies of the pictures were then posted around Matsqui Village as a warning of her suspicious activities.

The matter was also reported to the APD, who are now investigating. Anyone with information, or similar stories, is asked to call the APD at 604-859-5225 or text abbypd (222973).