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Cat arrested for break-in at Arapiraca jail in Brazil

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A cat has been detained in the grounds of Arapiraca jail in Brazil with contraband goods for prisoners strapped to its body with tape.

The white cat was apprehended crossing the main prison gate.

The incident took place at a jail in Arapiraca city, 250 km (155 miles) south-west of Recife in Alagoas state.

The confiscated items included drill bits, files, a mobile phone and charger, plus earphones The cat was taken to a local animal centre.

A cat has been detained in the grounds of Arapiraca jail in Brazil with contraband goods for prisoners strapped to its body with tape

A cat has been detained in the grounds of Arapiraca jail in Brazil with contraband goods for prisoners strapped to its body with tape

The jail holds some 263 prisoners.

A prison spokesperson was quoted by local paper Estado de S. Paulo as saying: “It’s tough to find out who’s responsible for the action as the cat doesn’t speak.”

Officials said the items could be used to effect a means of escape or for communicating with criminals on the outside.

The incident took place at New Year, but the photo has only recently been released.

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