You won’t see many garden gloves in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood. Unless you check inside an orange bucket at the end of Diano Garcia’s driveway. Garcia harbors the fugitive glove thief, who has been described as a middle-aged male with medium-length hair, green eyes, and a penchant for Temptations. He answers to the name “Houdini.”
There are dozens of gloves in the orange bucket waiting for their owners to claim them. A note apologizes for the klepto cat.
“I would come home and it looked like someone laid out an art collection of single gloves,” says Diano Garcia.
“Most people just come by and laugh. They read the sign and it’s funny for them,” says Garcia.
Victim Ramon Shiloh says, “I’ve lost latex gloves, I do a lot of artwork. And I’ve seen my own latex gloves in the driveway,” he said.
“If there were one-handed gardeners out there, they wouldn’t care, but I want my glove.”
Like all the klepto cats profiled on The Cat’s Meow, Houdini’s “specialty” falls into a specific category of loot — in this case, gloves — and he pinches nothing else. Gloves are a favorite of klepto cats. Other categories include socks, underwear, stuffed animals and shoes.
It’s been theorized that the klepto disorder is related to Pica and may involve some form of miswiring which leads to identification of these items as potential prey. (More info here.)
Whatever the cause, Houdini is not giving up his thieving ways anytime soon because there’s fresh kill on Houdini’s front porch: two more mismatched gardening gloves.
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