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20/03/2016 7:27 PM AEDT | Updated 20/03/2016 11:55 PM AEDT

Cat Burglar Just Can't Stop Stealing Male Neighbors' Underwear

Kleptomaniac kitty Brigit is "obsessed" with menswear, says her owner.

Brigit has a big problem. When it comes to her male neighbors' underwear, the adorable kitty just can't help herself.

Every night the 6-year-old Tonkinese prowls around the city of Hamilton on New Zealand's North Island.

And every morning, her owner Sarah Nathan wakes up to find stolen men's briefs and socks dumped inside her house.

"It's an absolute obsession," Nathan told the New Zealand Herald on Sunday. "A night does not go by without her bringing things home. I got up this morning and there were another four socks in the house." 

Since January, Brigit's stolen 11 pairs of underpants and more than 50 socks. At a previous home, Nathan said her thieving feline would return with "a bit of everything." 

"She was much less discerning, now she's decided menswear is the thing, and it's a very specific kind of underpants that she likes," Nathan said. 

Nathan revealed on Facebook how she's tried identifying her kleptomaniac kitty's victims by putting notes in local mailboxes. But so far, no one has come forward to claim the ill-gotten gains.

Tonkinese cats, which are a Siamese-Burmese cross, can be "quite obsessive," Nathan told Stuff.co.nz. "It's just the fact that she's decided her obsession will be men's underwear." 

The family is moving away to the country soon, and Nathan hopes Brigit will find something else to focus on: "Hopefully there's something there she can find to catch but if not we may have to stash some undies around the farm to keep her stimulated."