cat burglar


Definition of cat burglar

: a burglar who is adept at entering and leaving the burglarized place without attracting notice

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Less than a year after Bonnie broke up with DeAngelo, police in Rancho Cordova, the eastern suburb where Joe had grown up, began getting reports of an unusual cat burglar. Tribune News Service,, "The Man in the Window: Is this the childhood of a serial killer? (Part One)," 22 June 2019 A month after Snelling’s slaying, weeks before the return of the Visalia Ransacker, the cat burglar returned to Rancho Cordova, 230 miles to the north. Tribune News Service,, "The Man in the Window: First the burglaries; then the dogs started dying (Part Two)," 22 June 2019 In 1972 and 1973, in this eastern part of Sacramento, this prolific cat burglar struck more than 30 times. Benjamin Oreskes,, "Golden State Killer suspect may be linked to earlier Cordova cat burglar attacks," 10 May 2018 Ant-Man, also known as former cat burglar Scott Lang (Rudd), is serving out two years’ house arrest in San Francisco. Justin Chang,, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp' is a bright, cheery tonic from the Marvel superhero factory," 27 June 2018 Anyone with information about the would-be cat burglar is asked to contact the St. Francis Police Department at 414-481-2232. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "St. Francis Police searching for man in cat/tiger suit seen looking through car," 16 May 2018 In Alfred Hitchcock’s 1955 dazzler To Catch a Thief, Cary Grant and Grace Kelly swerve and glide through the French Riviera in search of a jewel-snatching cat burglar. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Could Ocean’s 8 Mark the Return of the Great Glam Caper?," 3 May 2018 In To Catch a Thief, Cary Grant plays a reformed cat burglar whom the police suspect in an ongoing wave of jewel robberies on the Côte d’Azur. Eric Konigsberg, Town & Country, "Old School Jewelry Heists Are on the Rise—And Celebrities Are the Target," 12 Apr. 2018 Black Cat is an acrobatic cat burglar whose real name is Felicia Hardy. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Captain Marvel,' 'Chaos Walking' Writers Tackle Silver Sable/Black Cat Movie (Exclusive)," 13 Feb. 2018

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1907, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of cat burglar

: a thief who enters buildings by climbing up a wall and going in through a window without being seen

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