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Officers had some help from a cat to catch Michael Steffy (The picture on the right, obviously). (PHOTO: FACEBOOK) Officers had some help from a cat to catch Michael Steffy (The picture on the right, obviously). (PHOTO: FACEBOOK)
EPHRATA, Penn. -

In the world of crime, there is no shortage of stories about dogs helping to catch bad guys. Stories about cats helping, however, are much harder to come by. Cats are (how to phrase this nicely)... independent creatures. They really don't need us to survive, and I'm sure if you asked them and they could answer, they would say we should say "thank you" to them on a daily basis for even gracing us with their presence (I'm not a cat person in case you couldn't tell. Sorry.)

However, police in Ephrata (Pennsylvania, not Washington) say they received some unsolicited help from a Fe-9 (I'm trying to think of a cat term for a K9. Feline -> Fe-9. Get it?).

Officers say they were about to arrest 23-year-old Michael Steggy on a bench warrant Monday night when he ran from them. Officers set up a perimeter when one of them noticed a black cat in a backyard crouching and watching something intently in the vicinity of a shed. The officer checked the shed and found nothing, but did see the cat again and noted that it was looking past him to another shed. The officer found Steggy in that shed and he was arrested. 

I can't help but think of the contrasting endings that would've played out if a dog was on the case. 

Dog:

  • "Bark, bark, bark, BARK, WOOF, BARK!"
  • *Translation: "Hey guys, he's in HERE! He's RIGHT HERE! I SMELL HIM! THE BAD GUY! I FOUND HIM!"

Cat:

  • *Stares intently on one shed
  • Officer: "Ok, I'll check here. He's not in there, Mr. Cat."

Cat:

  • *Keeps staring intently at the other shed. 
  • *Translation: "Not that shed. THAT shed you idiot. Now be a good human, catch him and then quickly fetch me some Fancy Feast."

K9 or Fe-9 (still trying to make it a thing), the Ephrata Police Department said they were thankful for the help. 

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