6 Jan 2013

Cat trained for prison break nabbed

8:53 pm on 6 January 2013

A cat trained by prisoners to deliver mobile phones and tools to dig tunnels has been caught at a jail in north-eastern Brazil after sneaking in with forbidden items strapped to its 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, told the O Globo newspaper.

The agent found a bag tied to the animal's body filled with saw blades and drill parts for concrete drilling and digging tunnels, along with a mobile phone complete with battery and charger, he said.

The cat had often been seen coming in and out of the jail in Alagoas, AFP reports.

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