Collared, the cat burglar who can't stop stealing keys thanks to her magnetic tag
Neighbours were left mystified as their house and car keys kept vanishingThe tabby's collar had a magnet to stop others getting through the catflapOwner solved the mystery when Milo walked in with keys around her neck

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01:54 GMT, 11 December 2012

So, just what attracts a mild-mannered tabby to a life of crime

The answer, if you look closely, is the magnet hanging from her collar.

This is Milo, the cat burglar responsible for pinching more than 20 sets of keys from her neighbours in the past month.

Magnetic moggy: Milo's collar had been fitted with a magnet to stop other cats getting into her home

Magnetic moggy: Milo's collar had been fitted with a magnet to stop other cats getting into her home

Her unsuspecting owner Kirsten
Alexander had no idea of Milo’s other life until she caught her coming
through the catflap with the evidence jangling around her neck.

And it was only when she found a
collection of keys dotted around her house and garden that she realised
the extent of the crime spree.

Miss Alexander, a 27-year-old office
worker, had fitted Milo with a magnetic collar to automatically unlock
the catflap at her home. This stopped other cats from slipping through
and eating Milo’s food.

Cat burglar: Milo stole more than 20 sets of house and car keys as she roamed around north east London

Cat burglar: Milo stole more than 20 sets of house and car keys as she roamed around north east London

Well intentioned: Owner Kirsten Alexander fitted Milo with the collar to stop other cats getting into her home

Well intentioned: Owner Kirsten Alexander fitted Milo with the collar to stop other cats getting into her home

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What she didn’t realise was that Milo
had also been making herself at home at the neighbours’ houses, which
didn’t have her sort of high-tech protection.

Slipping through their cat flaps, and
skulking through their rooms, she picked up all manner of things thanks
to the magnet in her collar.

Most of them were keys.

At first
neighbours in Stoke Newington, North-East London, thought they were
misplacing them but last week they started putting two and two together
when they realised there had been a spate of thefts.

The game was finally up when Miss
Alexander caught Milo arriving home with her latest haul.

A search
produced 12 sets of keys in the back garden and eight dotted around her
home – as well as another six sets in neighbours’ gardens.

She also unearthed dozens of metal items scattered around her house, including nails, pins, screws and bolts.

‘I had no idea what she was getting up to all day when I was at work,’ she said.

‘Obviously she likes roaming around
and sneaking into other people’s homes and it just so happens that her
magnetic collar kept picking up their spare keys.

‘I’ve given all the keys back and luckily my neighbours have seen the funny side of it.’

Case closed: Kirsten solved the mystery when Milo walked in with keys around her neck

Case closed: Kirsten solved the mystery when Milo walked in with keys around her neck