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What's the meaning of the phrase 'Cat burglar'?

A 'Cat burglar' is a burglar who enters buildings by extraordinarily skilful feats of climbing.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Cat burglar'?

Cat burglarThe phrase 'Cat burglar' was first used to describe a particular individual burglar who operated Streatham, London in the early years of the 20th century.

The London Daily News ran this story in April 1907:

Known, on account of his climbing ability, as the "Cat Burglar," Arthur Edward Young pleaded guilty at Newington Sessions yesterday to several ac