Alleged Cat Woman Burglar Confesses to Manhattan Heists

By Ben Fractenberg on August 27, 2010 12:31pm | Updated on August 28, 2010 8:49am

By Ben Fractenberg

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — The so-called Cat Woman burglar has confessed to a series of heists in Manhattan and Queens, according to a criminal complaint released Thursday.

Shanna Spalding, 28, was arrested on Wednesday after she allegedly held up a boutique on Greene Street in SoHo. She then owned up to robbing several boutiques in the city, including one in which she wore a cat mask, according to the complaint.

Spalding was arraigned on two counts of robbery Thursday night for the SoHo theft and June stickup in Astor Place and has confessed to two more heists.

Spalding, who lives in Astoria, Queens, is also the lead singer of a death-metal band called Divine Infamy. The band’s MySpace page says they are influenced by “dozens of Black/Death Metal bands…”

The metal singer, who goes by the stage name Purgatory, received wide press coverage after police released a sketch of her wearing a cat mask and surveillance footage of her robbing the Arche shoe store in Astor Place wearing the mask and all-black outfit.

There is no mention of the arrest or reported confession on the band’s MySpace page, though they do have some words of advice for fans:

“Perseverance is the key to success.”

Police allegedly noticed Shanna Spalding, 28, of Queens who was dressed in a burqa, and followed her into a Greene Street boutique.
Police allegedly noticed Shanna Spalding, 28, of Queens who was dressed in a burqa, and followed her into a Greene Street boutique.
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Spalding gained notoriety after police released a sketch of her in disguise before she was caught.
Spalding gained notoriety after police released a sketch of her in disguise before she was caught.
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