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Incident Report for Case #2018-182594

Incident Type


Incident Date

05/20/2018 - 1:19 PM


8210 Plaza Drive (PetSmart)


Conor L. Braverman, age 34, Madison
Suspect was arrested for felony theft - special facts, and disorderly conduct.


If a cat burglar is a crook adept at pulling off crimes by entering and leaving without attracting attention, then an accused weekend cat thief would be defined as the complete opposite. In fact, one could place his crime in the overt category. It ended with him pinned to the ground as pet store patrons and employees put a stop to a heist.
It was late Sunday morning when the man first entered PetSmart, 8210 Plaza Dr. An employee said the shopper was "bummed" after learning the cat he hoped to adopt was already sold.

He was back in the store Sunday afternoon. The employee, and a couple of shoppers, watched as he knelt down next the cat's cage. He had something in his hand, perhaps pliers. A lock and chain were broken. The feline had just been busted out. The man was wresting with the animal, trying to get it into a sack. The employee yelled out: "What are you doing?"
The jig was up, and the attempted cat bagging stopped. The suspect opted now to just grab the furry friend and run. The employee executed a trip, momentarily taking the thief to his knees. However; he resumed verticality – as both men – employee and suspect – next crashed into a shelving unit.
It was in that instant that a volunteer from the Jefferson County Humane Society – who was working a booth inside the store – shouted out, so that all in the store could hear: "He's stealing a cat!"
A shopper in the checkout line was one who joined the chase as everyone headed out the door. He threw the suspect to the ground, after someone else took custody of the coveted cat.
When police arrived, there were four men holding him down.
On the way to jail, the suspect tried to walk back the cat nabbing: "I didn't take the cat out. It walked out on its own free will," he insisted, not wanting to pussyfoot around.  

Released 05/21/2018 at 11:37 AM by PIO Joel Despain

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