A witness to a home burglary may not have been able to provide police with a description of the suspect, but that pet cat sure was happy to see officers arrive at the scene.
Police were called to a home on the 2200 block of Southeast 98th Avenue on the report of a burglary Monday. The victim said she left for work at 7:40 a.m. Monday and returned to find her home burglarized.
Officers entered the home to determine if a suspect was still inside. While searching, officers noticed broken glass on the floor of the basement and in a bathroom.
The victim's cat was walking around on the floor, so an officer picked up the pet to keep it away from the glass. That officer then had an unlikely partner for the remainder of the investigation.
The scared kitty climbed on the officer's shoulders and stayed there throughout the search of the home. The Portland Police Bureau released images of the officer and the cat Tuesday.
Police determined the suspect or suspects had left the scene. Several items were discovered missing.
A neighbor reported seeing a suspicious man earlier in the day who "seemed interested in the activities of the neighborhood."
That potential suspect was described as a white man, 30 to 40 years old, 5'9" tall with a skinny build and curly brown hair. He was wearing a dark-colored track suit with pants tucked into his socks and boots.
Another neighbor described seeing an older white van, driven by a white man with dark hair and sunglasses, driving through the neighborhood.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.
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