n a surprisingly straightforward caper, a literal cat burglar managed to sneak two expensive Persian kitties out of Taiwan’s main airport by pretending to be pregnant.
According to security footage viewed by police, the 35-year-old woman from Hong Kong named Li Yanting left a public bathroom at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport carrying a white bag and with a belly bump that was not there before.
Li then proceeded to the security check where she passed without a problem, reports Apple Daily.
Police were clued into Li by a local cat breeder in Taipei named Chang Chinyi who had discovered that two of her kittens had gone missing and immediately suspected that Li was the culprit.
Li had wanted to buy three Persian cats from Chang for about $20,000. In January, she had stayed at Chang’s home to learn how to properly care for the animals, but after spending time with Li, Chang refused to make the deal, believing that she was not careful enough and had too many cats to raise already.
According to Chang, Li did not take the rejection well, flying into hysterics.
Chang’s suspicions were soon confirmed by security footage showing Li snatching two kittens out of her apartment window and hurrying away. When Chang contacted Li on Facebook Messenger, the latter eventually admitted to stealing the cats and agreed to hand them over to one of Chang’s friends in Hong Kong.
It’s not clear where exactly the case will go from here. It’s also not clear how Li managed to so easily fool airport security. Typically, cats entering Hong Kong have to be quarantined for four months.