Suspected cat-napper was acting on a dare, Lincoln police say

Suspected cat-napper was acting on a dare, Lincoln police say
Mo the cat.

Authorities in Lincoln have identified the person they think tried to abscond with Mo the cat on Wednesday morning.

It’s a 17-year-old girl, Lincoln police said in a press release. And she has told officers she tried to take Mo on a dare, but did not intend to keep the tiger-striped tabby.

Mo was lounging on his family’s front porch on North 52nd Street, just east of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus, on Wednesday evening. The incident was recorded on a security camera.

The video shows a young woman walking up to Mo. She reaches her hands out, but he backs away. She reaches out again, grabs him from behind and pulls him toward her. She then carries the cat toward a green sedan that pulls up along the curb in front of the house.

As she attempts to get into the back seat of the car, Mo jumps from her arms, bolts toward the house, then saunters back onto the porch as the car pulls away.

The security camera footage of the attempted cat-napping was shown on news media in Omaha and Lincoln.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday, someone reported that she saw the video and believed the girl was her neighbor. Officers contacted the teen and her mother.

Officers discussed the incident with the mother, who said it was important for her daughter to apologize to the owner.

Officers referred the teen to the Lancaster County attorney on suspicion of attempted larceny and trespassing.