Glove-stealing cat Rocky and Molly Murphy pose with a clothesline of gloves that Rocky stole from neighbors. Rocky has disappeared. - MT File Photo

Missing: One cat, male, has fondness for gloves

MEDFORD — A quirky orange tabby cat who gained notoriety in November for his glove stealing antics has been missing for several days from his Medford home off McAndrews Road.

Rocky the glove-stealing cat appeared in the Mail Tribune last year when neighbors reported his unusual attraction to gloves. He would purloin them and bring them home as prizes.

His owners, Patty Baptiste and Marcus Mayfield, had rigged a clothesline on the front lawn to display the cat's ill-gotten booty so neighbors could reclaim them.

The seven-year-old stray rescue disappeared Tuesday morning from his home, on Hybiscus.

On Saturday, a distraught Baptiste, in Portland for her daughter's wedding, said she felt helpless knowing Rocky was away from home.

"I'm just worried sick," she said. "He's been gone before, but just for a day or so. I'll be devastated if anything happens to him."

After appearing in the Mail Tribune, Rocky's story prompted dozens of e-mails from around the country, continuing as recently as last week when a Web reader from Canada wrote to comment about Rocky's antics.

Baptiste said Rocky was last seen on Tuesday morning.

She's filed a report with the county animal shelter and neighbors are posting fliers. She's asking anyone with information to call 261-9175.

Buffy Pollock is a freelance writer living in Medford. E-mail:

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