Police in Florida say a suspect might have gotten away last week, if it weren't for those meddling cats.
It all began when Daniel Pinedo Velapatino allegedly stole $6,000 from a friend after they stayed up all night taking drugs together in a Boca Raton hotel room. But the young criminal really caught the attention of local law enforcement when he crashed his Lexus into a cop car.
A chase ensued and he eventually fled on foot.
"I said, 'Excuse me, can I help you?'" Noonan said. "He said, 'Oh, I'm so sorry. Next door, I'm mowing the lawn. Do you mind if I have a glass of water?'"
Thinking the man was a landscaper, Noonan obliged and went to get the man a bottle of water.
But then Velapatino got sidetracked. According to WPBF, the woman came back to find him "lying on the living room floor, playing with her cats."
In a final attempt to escape, he apparently jumped in a canal, where he was captured by a police boat.