Dreaming of a beautiful home
Living in a dream house is something that everyone has dreamt of. We work and toil day and night to realize these dreams. We immediately think of living in a large and luxurious place in the suburbs. Sitting by the fireplace with your loved one and sipping a hot cup of cocoa might be the ideal scenario.
You would imagine this place to be the safest place on earth. We could be devastated if something happens to the very place we live and breathe in.
Thinking of which, neighborhood security is important in today's world. Long gone the times when kids could enjoy running in the middle of the road, and the parents could be tension free.
With human trafficking increasing over the years, paranoid parents and residents do their best to protect their community. Being friends with your neighbors, informing others when you are out of town, improving street lights, and forming a neighborhood watch committee can be the first steps to take.
The quiet suburb
Residing in the heart of the city has both advantages and disadvantages. While you have access to all the important centers in the city, the constant noise of cars honking is not something everyone would fantasize about.
Staying away from the hustle of the city may give you the peace you need at the end of the day. Helpful neighbors who are ready to help you in times of need is crucial. It is an easy target for anyone looking to cook up some trouble.
The charm of this kind of life may not last long. It does not take much time for things to escalate quickly. Even with hundreds of dollars spent on security systems each year, creepy things happen that can never be explained.
Sometimes even with the involvement of the police, things go unsolved. The rise in crime has not been decreasing. In our next story, we are going to see one such bizarre event that shook the entire neighborhood. After going unsolved for many years, the truth finally came to light.
A year back.
In a quiet suburb in the city of Altoona, USA, everything was running smoothly. The neighbors loved spending time with each other, and the area was more than friendly for kids to play tension free.
Until a year back, strange things started happening to the people living in this particular neighborhood. This was something that they could not explain for a long time. When the people residing there moved in, they never thought they would be victims of this incident.
The missing shoe
One fine morning, an older woman who was living by herself woke up to a shock. She remembered keeping her shoes by her bedside before she went to sleep. But when she woke up, one of them was missing.
She sat there, wondering about what happened. After thinking for a while, she could not wrap her head around this. She clearly remembered wearing her shoe to the room after her trip from the washroom. She gave up and told herself that her age might be tricking her into thinking otherwise.
Similar reports from others
After a year weeks, when she started talking to the neighbors, and she came across one of them reporting the same problem. She immediately remembered that she lost her shoes a week ago. These were a young couple who started their life recently.
How could they forget about misplacing their shoes around the house? Soon many others around the entire block started reporting similar problems. These kinds of incidents were not something that happened frequently. The frequency of these incidents gradually increased.
Disappearing into thin air
They started worrying about this strange occurrence. No one is breaking into their house in the middle of the night to do this. How is this mystery going to be solved? The neighbors started talking about these encounters with each other.
They even hired local security to try and figure this out. What was more suspicious is that most of these shoes would not go missing on day one. They would go missing one by one. Are they magically disappearing into thin air? They decided to report this incident to the police. If not anything, they will try and zero in on the source mystery.
The shoe burglar
All the windows and doors used to be locked from the inside. They started to worry about how the shoes are going missing from inside the house. Was it an inside job? It was impossible to try and understand what was happening.
Anyone would be scared to sleep knowing that someone is breaking into their house almost every day. They officially named this suspicious person as the shoe burglar. What made them think was that this burglar did not take anything of value from these houses.
The endless search
The search for this notorious burglar began. Who might be this bizarre thief who is stealing used and useless shoes? The police started inspecting the entire scene. Many nights passed, and they have no clue about missing shoes.
The endless search of the police was going in futile. They gave up their search after several weeks, and the case ended up in the dusty part of the archives. Now years had passed, and more and more shoes started going missing. The neighbors tried wrapping their heads around this problem.
One post that changed everything
They gave up searching for this mysterious person. The shoes were going missing from even blocks away, and they knew that the police is no good in this matter. But after two years, one post on Facebook changed everything.
They finally had an idea of who was this mysterious burglar who pulled off robberies from inside the house without breaking into the house. The neighbors were not able to believe what they were dealing with. Once this news spread, the entire community was shocked.
The cool cat
The post was from a woman named BJ, who was also a resident of Altoona, USA. Years ago, she found a kitten by the roadside and decided to adopt him. The woman was excited and took him in. Finally, BJ named this black and white cute cat Jordan.
For most of the part, he was a silent cat. Jordan did not do much around the house. All he did was eat and walk around. The cute cat was not even playful or energetic during the day. According to BJ, he was a normal and calm cat.
There is only one suspect
The owner led a quiet life along with her cat Jordan. There was nothing special about the cat that BJ had noticed. After a few weeks, Bj started noticing a bunch of unidentified shoes around her house. Initially, she dismissed the thought, but later she started seeing more and more shoes around her house.
She started thinking about all the possibilities of where the shoe could have come from. All her thoughts pointed to one answer, Jordan. There could not be anyone else who was bringing shoes to her house.
But she could not conclude anything as of yet. Her cat was too innocent to be doing this. BJ needed a plan to sort things out. Whenever BJ tried following her cat, Jordan was going around the house and eating his food silently.
Jordan was too cute to be a criminal. Then who was it? Was it someone who was hiding all their burglary goods inside her house? BJ spoke to a few of her neighbors to try and see if they are coming across any unknown shoes in their yards. But she was the only one.
Simple during the day
She had no other option but to install a camera and catch the man in the act. Since she suspected Jordan, she installed a GPS on his collar. After installing her cameras, nothing happened for about a week or so. But after a week she saw something that shocked her.
What she assumed to be an innocent little cat was not so innocent after all. During the day, the cat was only a simple and humble kitty minding his own business. But during the night, he was something else.
Like a human criminal
The first evidence she saw was that Jordan entered and left the yard several times during the night. He was active and awake throughout the entire night. Jordan was holding something in his mouth. Before he re-entered the yard, he would look around to see if someone was watching.
After a quick scan, Jordan would run away from the scene of the crime. He had a secret spot where he hid his large stash. His behavior was similar to that of a real human criminal.
Fifty pairs of shoes
The next day, BJ looked around, and there it was, a fresh stock of shoes, neatly stacked up in front of her doorstep this time. She looked into the security footage and saw that he had a secret place where he hid all his shoe stock.
To her surprise, she found more than fifty pairs of shoes in this place. She collected all the other shoes around her house and stacked them all up in a single place.
BJ gets worried
Finally, after two years, this case started making some sense. But the people who got robbed still have no idea about this. BJ began thinking about everything under the sky. Does she need to inform the police? How is she going to return all these shoes?
Is anyone going to buy this story? She could be blamed in this process and shunned from the area for this act. After a lot of thinking, she finally reached a moral conclusion. It is time for action.
BJ has to do the right thing
BJ knew what the right thing was to do here. She quickly whipped out her laptop and logged into her Facebook account. She typed a post and sent it to all her friends. Requesting her friends to share it with everyone in the community, she apologized for Jordan's doing.
She felt it is only fair to apologize to them first. Returning the shoes was priority number one. Promising to return the shoes to whoever the owner is, BJ waited for several days for a response to start kicking in.
Stealing shoes that he cannot wear
BJ attached all proof of the cat burglar and told the world that her innocent little cat was not as innocent as she assumed him to be. He would sleep through the day from all the hard work he did in the night.
She also made sure to attach some of the pictures of him carrying shoes around in the night. Of course, without this evidence, people would not believe her words. The funniest part is that he steals the shoes and does nothing with them. Jordon does not play with these, but he only enjoys the act of stealing.
More footage of her camera was soon shared by BJ. In this footage, you can see the skill of this cat burglar. He would exhibit all the typical behavior of a human thief. Using his expertise skills to jump over the fence effortlessly,
Jordan was a grade-A thief. She could not help but laugh over this fact. All this while BJ had no idea that her cat could be skillful in something so embarrassing. She made a collection of all the shows and intended to return every single one of them.
Police could not solve this
News spread about this mischievous cat and his night errands. Soon the police were altered about the solved mystery. Victims who lost their shoes got information about the whereabouts of their shoes.
They took it lightly and laughed over the fact that a cat could be this skilled in stealing. So skillful that the police had to close the case without solving it. Jordan being light on the feet and quick to run, the police took almost two years for this hilarious mystery to be solved.
How far did Jordan travel?
She later wanted to see how far Jordan operated his night visits. To her surprise, it was not only in her neighborhood that he went on trips, but he traveled as far as eleven to thirteen kilometers.
The route Jordan took was extremely skillful and careful. He made multiple visits to the same houses. He would carry one shoe at a time. Jordan would return to the scene of the crime to steal the second pair of shoes. Walking all night and entering several homes, he would always come back bearing fruit.
BJ could not believe what an innocent face could do. Having set up an entire illegal shoe warehouse in his owner's home, he would pretend to be innocent. She took more pictures of Jordan and posted them on her Facebook, in hopes of connecting to all the neighbors. Her neighbors took the whole thing lightly and made sure they laughed along.
They had not come across any incident even close to this one. The police were as baffled as the victims. They expected an expert thief who was ninja-like but ended up with a witty cat.
Attention from the paparazzi
They closed all cases and made an official announcement to the media as well. The media and news reports were baffled to hear such a story. They wanted to catch a glimpse of the little thief and ask him about his intentions.
But as expected, Jordan was a diva. He did not want to respond to the reporters. Like a thief on the run, Jordan ran from the paparazzi almost immediately. But looking at his face, it looked like he did not regret anything.
Number one in the wanted list
This story was quick to become viral and famous all over the world. Some people enjoyed hearing the story of the real cat burglar. But others offered to send Jordan their old shoes for him to enjoy. But it seems like he is not interested in getting free shoes.
He is interested in the whole process of sneaking out, breaking in, sniffing his favorite pair, and running back home to please his owner. We can only imagine he is the serial thief among all the other criminal animals.