Animals: Thief

Seattle householders were plagued and puzzled by a thief who opened their milk bottles early in the morning, stole the cream, left skimmed milk. Garageman Kenneth Short set out to catch the culprit in a camera trap. Having read in LIFE, Jan. 18, of a similar device, Sleuth Short one day last week connected his camera's shutter with the bottle's cap by a wire through a milk-proof tube. Next day he had a fine picture of the thief—a sleek, fat, impudent blue jay. Subsequent spying revealed that a flock of less gifted...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!