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Sat Oct 25 06:20:23 SAST 2014

Cat caught in jailbreak bid

Sapa-AFP | 07 January, 2013 00:15
A cat trained by prisoners was caught at a jail in Brazil sneaking in with contraband
Image by: VLADIMIR KONSTANTINOV / REUTERS

A cat trained by prisoners to deliver cellphones, and tools with which they could dig tunnels, was caught at a jail in Brazil sneaking in with contraband strapped to his body.

"An agent saw the cat and went to look at it closely because something about it seemed wrong," Marcelo Avelino, the head of the prison guards' union, said.

The agent found a bag tied to the animal's body filled with saw blades and drill parts for penetrating concrete and digging tunnels, plus a cellphone complete with battery and charger. The cat had often been seen coming in and out of the Alagoas jail.

Prison officer Luiz de Oliveira Souza said inmates had raised the cat and relatives would often take it home after a prison visit.

"We were very surprised by this new tactic of prisoners," the agent said.

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