There'll be no redemption, Shawshank or otherwise, for a cat caught by guards at Penal Colony No. 1 near the city of Syktyvkar in Russia's Komi province roughly 600 miles northeast of Moscow.

The clawed criminal critter spied walking along the facility's outer fence aroused suspicion mainly due to bulky foreign objects that appeared to be stuck to its fur.

Making no attempt to elude the guards, the black-and-white cow cat was quickly apprehended and as a pair of prison guards held him up by the scruff of his neck, the nature of his contraband cargo was fully revealed: two cell phones, batteries and chargers that had been carefully sealed, wrapped and taped to the miniature “mule”. 

“They (prisoners, not cats) have made various attempts to smuggle banned objects into Prison Colony Number One before,” stated a spokesman for the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service for the Republic of Komi, “but in the case of the cat, the prison colony is at a loss: nothing like this has happened in the prison's history.” Not that they know of, at least.

To date, none of the prisoners have confessed to masterminding the purr-fect crime and as for the cat, it ain't talking. (via CTV News)


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