Charges Against Mesa Catnapper and Alleged Cat Killer Are Dropped
The case was disturbing enough that local residents and businesses put up $5,000 toward a reward and the HSUS added another $2,500, to get the person off the streets.
Neighborhood vigilance led to the arrest of Scott Andrew Graham for the catnapping and killing of a Mesa, AZ cat whose August 8 abduction was captured on surveillance video, and whose mutilated body was later found in the area. Neighbors have reported 12 cats missing; two other cats were found dead.
Graham, who lives with relatives in the neighborhood, admitted to authorities that he took between 30 to 40 cats but denies hurting any of them. He claims to have taken them home, played with them, then released them. Evidence at the home Graham is staying at, and in the car, along with the surveillance footage all led to the arrest.
Neighborhood residents, who were afraid for their pets and their children before the catnapper’s arrest, were pleased and relieved when he was arrested and charged. Now the mood has changed, as all charges but a single minor count were dropped today.
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, citing lack of evidence, will not prosecute Scott Andrew Graham. The attorney’s Office sent the case back to Mesa police for more evidence, and a Mesa police spokesperson said their detectives won’t pursue the case.
Though the suspect admitted to stealing 30 to 40 cats, was captured on video stealing Biscuit, who was found mutilated and dead the following day, and whose car trunk had cat hairs in it and reportedly smelled like death, the case has been dropped.
Neighborhood residents say that for them the case is not over and they want Graham to know they are watching him. It is our opinion that they cannot watch him too closely, and they should keep their pets and children inside, alarm their homes, and maintain security patrols 24/7 for as long as the catnapper lives in their midst.