by Cara Sapida
A $10,000 cat is back with its rightful owner thanks to a dedicated Florida cop.
Mike Brock of the Lee County Sheriff's Office owns a dog and three cats, and prior to taking this case was only jokingly known as the "pet detective".
His nickname is now official thanks to his latest case.
It was called a catnapping, but it wasn't just any cat.
In fact it was one of Lee County's most expensive pets.
Sydney Williams says she instantly knew her prize pet had disappeared.
The cat, names Taz, is a Savannah cat.
"We have five cats and five dogs," said Williams. "Everyone was milling about except for Taz who didn't show up for dinner. By the next morning, I knew he was gone, and I was frantic."
Williams says traffic inside her already busy home picked up this summer with workers coming in and out of her house.
"We had a construction company here for quite a period of time," said Williams.
Williams says some of the workers had asked her what she feeds her Savannah cat and how she cares for him.
Detective Brock tracked down those workers.
He said he was worried that the thieves would rather dispose of the evidence than risk returning the cat.
"I had to be real careful. I didn't want to spook anybody to the point where they harm the animal," said Brock. "I basically told them it would be in everybody's best interest if this cat was returned to the family safe and unharmed."
A couple of days after he spoke to the workers, that cat was returned.
Williams said she is just happy to have Taz back home safe and sound.
"I don't even know what to say about Detective Brock. We truly believe if it wasn't for him, we would have never seen Taz again," she said.