A man obsessed with cats burgled dozens of homes to buy food for his feline “friends,” all 120 of them.
“It was the happiest moment when I rubbed my cheek against a cat,” police quoted Mamoru Demizu as saying after his arrest in September last year in a burglary case.
Demizu, who is 48 and jobless, is suspected of breaking into 32 homes to steal cash and valuables worth 19.2 million yen (US$184,175), sources said, adding that his crime spree began in September 2012.
Demizu said he recently spent 25,000 yen a day to feed the cats. He kept 20 at his home in Izumi, Osaka Prefecture, and in rental storage space. In addition, he fed strays, numbering around 100, in parks and parking lots.
Demizu first kept cats in 1993 and began giving leftover food to strays in 2010. He lost his job in 2011 but continued to feed cats with money from a woman he lived with.
“The number of cats I fed gradually increased, and I ran short of cash,” he told police.
1. obsess v.
迷住；著迷；纏住 (mi2 zhu4; zhao2 mi2; chan2 zhu4)
例: Kathy was obsessed with her kitten.
2. rub against v. phr.
磨擦；相擦 (mo2 ca1; xiang1 ca1)
例: The cat kept rubbing its back against my leg.
3. run short of v. phr.
(shi3 yong4 dai4 jin4; ji2 jiang1 yong4 wan2)
例: The program was eventually abolished
because it ran short of funding.