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Prison Busts Cat on Criminal Mission

Feline caught with cargo of phones, chargers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 4, 2013 1:00 AM CDT
Russian Prison Busts Phone-Smuggling Cat
Guards show a cat caught on a clandestine mission at Penal Colony No. 1 near the city of Syktyvkar in Russia's north.   (AP Photo/Press service of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service for the Republic of Komi)

(Newser) – Inmates at Russia's prisons have been known to bribe guards to obtain cellphones. But using cats as couriers? Guards patrolling a prison colony 600 miles north of Moscow saw a feline on the fence and it seemed to be carrying something. On a closer look, they found a few cellphones and chargers taped to the cat's belly. It wasn't clear how the cat was supposed to drop off its loot. (Read more Russia stories.)

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