Cat Helps to Foil Burglary!

WASHINGTON STATE – An Olympia cat managed to help contribute to the arrest of two burglary suspects on Tuesday,

Barb Gansberg called 911 at approximately 8 a.m. Tuesday to report that her house had been burglarized. Two male suspects had entered her home through the garage door and attempted to take several items before they fled, according to police.

Gansberg explained to police she was in her bedroom and heard a knock at the front door, but was unable to answer it. She explained that she knew something was wrong in the house when her cat, Strider, entered the room and behaved oddly.


She then walked down the hall and spotted two men rifling through a desk in another room. The men ran away when she screamed, according to what the police are saying.

Two male suspects, who are ages 18 and 19, were found nearby on East Bay Drive Northeast. Olympia police booked them into the Thurston County Jail, but they cannot be named until they are charged.

Kerry Gansberg, who is Barb’s husband, explained to The Olympian that Strider is not allowed in their bedroom and that his wife had tried to shoo away the cat while she was getting ready for work.

However, the cat sat in the doorway and simply refused to budge, prompting his wife to find out just what was wrong. The burglars managed to make off with only a wallet.

“It’s a good thing they ran off because she would have pummeled them,” Kerry Gansberg stated of the suspects, adding that his home has been targeted by thieves in the past.