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Armed ex-soldier storms animal shelter to get cat back: report

Not exactly the scattered crime.

An ex-Australian soldier in full tactical gear was allegedly set to break into an animal shelter with an assault rifle and tie up a worker in a failed attempt to get his kitty back, according to a report on Wednesday.

Tony Wittmann, 44, was reportedly so angry when workers at Lost Dogs’ Home in Melbourne told him he needed to wait a day to pick up the pet he is accused of threatening a 23-year-old female worker with the gun in construction car park, according to ABC Australia.

“Do as I say and listen to me, I will not shoot you,” he allegedly told her, as a court heard this week. “Do not try anything, otherwise I will shoot you.”


Wittmann led the worker into the building with a firearm that looked like “something that a SWAT team in the movies would use,” the unidentified worker said, according to the outlet.

He allegedly claimed that the scared gal was going to lead him towards the cats and then demanded that she get on her knees and tie her with a zipper.

“The defendant said, ‘I want to close this door. If I see you, I’ll shoot you, ” Detective Senior Constable Jo MacDonald told Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

“On this occasion, he has acted to get back a cat in possession that he should only be without for possibly 10 hours.”

But Wittmann – who served in the Australian Army before being discharged for failing to provide efficient service – eventually left empty-handed.

He was charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment and armed robbery and denied bail.

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