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Cat detained on clandestine mission at Russia prison

Press service of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service for the Republic of Komi via AP


Guards patrolling a prison colony in Russia's north saw a cat scaling the fence and noticed something a little fishy, The Associated Press reports.

On closer inspection, they found several cellphones and chargers taped to the animal's belly.

The feline's clandestine mission took place at Penal Colony No. 1 in Komi province, some 600 miles northeast of Moscow.

But was it a copycat crime? Last December, a Brazilian kitty was caught delivering contraband to inmates at a Brazilian prison.

The fate of the Russian cat is unknown, according to The Moscow Times.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Photo taken on May 31, 2013 and made available to NBC News today.