A woman has been left “heartbroken” after her cat was snatched by a delivery driver off the doorstep of her Watford home.
Jennie Prest is desperate to find her beloved cat, Tilly, and is appealing to the public to keep their eyes open around the Watford and Croxley area.
On Sunday, January 26, a neighbour spotted Tilly being put into a large white Transit van in Chenies Way, Watford at around 4.30pm.
Speaking to the magazine, Jennie explained that the driver in question, who has admitted to taking her, put her in the cab of his van and a couple of delivery stops later she “unsurprisingly” jumped out.
She said: “It has been a really tough time. We have done so much to try and find her, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. We have flyers everywhere – I just hope she turns up.
“The delivery driver has admitted taking her. However, he put her in the cab of his van and a couple of delivery stops later she jumped out.
“This puts her in the Croxley View/Chesham Way area – so not very far from home but she is no doubt quite distressed and disorientated, she’s not a cat who tends to wander far.
“I am absolutely heartbroken. I just plead to the public to keep their eyes open for her.”
Tilly, nine, is described as a tortoiseshell with four white paws and was not wearing a collar at the time she was snatched. She is also microchipped.
Herts Police have confirmed to the magazine that they are investigating and are appealing for any witnesses.
A spokesperson for Herts Police said: “Police are investigating the theft of a cat in Watford. The suspect is described as a white man, aged between 40 and 60 years old, with grey/greying hair and wearing dark clothing. The suspect picked up the cat and put her in his van before driving off. It is believed that the cat then ran off when the suspect delivered a parcel in Tolpits Lane.
“The van is described as a large white Transit. Any witnesses or anyone with information about the theft, including those who think they might have seen the cat or been offered her for sale, should call the non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference 41/7905/20.”