Arapiraca City, Brazil – A cat looking like Sam Fisher from the Splinter Cell series of video games was “arrested” outside of a prison for its part in an apparent jail break attempt.
The BBC reports that a white cat was apprehended crossing the main prison gate at a jail in Arapiraca city, roughly 155 miles southwest of Recife in Alagoas state. The cat had contraband items intended for some random prisoner strapped to its body with tape.
“An agent saw the cat and went to look at it closely because something about it seemed wrong,” said Marcelo Avelino, the head of the prison guards’ union.
The report indicated that the cat was packed with a utility kit that included drill bits, files, a mobile phone and charger, plus earphones.
Sky News reports that the cat had apparently been trained to assist in high-profile prison breaks, and had been seen coming in and out of the jail multiple times prior to its arrest.
“We were very surprised by this new tactic of prisoners,” said prison officer Luiz de Oliveira Souza, who noted that the cat was probably trained in the big house and was cared for by relatives of the prison’s 263 inmates.
Though the report is only just now coming out, the prison break attempt apparently occurred on New Year’s.
So far, there are no leads in the case. All of the prisoners are suspects in the case, but it’ll be hard to get any forward-momentum in the investigation. “It will be hard to discover who is responsible since the cat does not speak,” said one prison rep.
Here’s a picture of the jail-break cat: