You really can't say he's a cat burglar. But, then again, after being suspected of stealing $200 worth of cat food, he just might be headed in that direction.
At least that's what Southampton Town police and Suffolk County Crime Stoppers seemed to suggest Wednesday when they said they're looking for a man who burglarized two Southampton residences on Sept. 13.
The man likely took $200 worth from one of the residences as the homeowner's cat looked on, said Det. Sgt. Lisa Costa of the Southampton Town Police.
"Actually, he burglarized two houses and was scared off by a homeowner in the first one, on Barkers Island Road," Costa said. "Then later that day he's involved in another burglary."
Costa said video shows the suspect outside the second residence, not far from the first, with the homeowner's cat looking on.
"The cat is on a lounge watching him," Costa said. "Then we see the suspect. The cat food is there. And then it's gone."
There is no indication in the video that the cat tried to restrain the suspect.
"At least he didn't take the cat," Costa said.
Police have no idea why the suspect might have wanted the cat food, other than "he might have a cat," Costa said. "It's probably just what he could pick up and carry. It was easy for him to take."
Police have several unsolved burglaries, but it's not clear if the suspect is involved in any of those, Costa said.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.