A former Australian soldier admitted he infiltrated an animal shelter in full fight gear, then threatened a lady with a pretend assault rifle to attempt to discover his cat, reviews mentioned.
Tony Wittman, 45, pleaded guilty on Monday to fees together with false imprisonment for breaking into the Lost Dogs’ Home outdoors of Melbourne on Jan. 11, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Under the duvet of darkish and in camouflage, he compelled a 23-year previous employee to her knees and tied her fingers behind her again.
“If you do as I say and listen to me, I won’t shoot you,” he allegedly instructed the lady.
He made the terrified employee rely to 100 as he left the shelter with out his cat.
The gun was initially mentioned to be an actual firearm, however the fees in opposition to Wittman had been amended to say it was a pretend, the Herald reported.
Wittman referred to as the shelter earlier that day at 5:50 p.m. – 10 minutes earlier than closing, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported. The shelter couldn’t find his cat and instructed him to come the subsequent morning to retrieve it, ABC mentioned.
But he didn’t wait.
Wittman got here again that night time to scope out the constructing and assess the place safety cameras had been positioned, the station mentioned. Hours later, he lower by a fence with a flashlight and confronted the lady inside, News 9 reported.
The following morning he got here again to get his cat and ended up in cuffs.