Criminals: Please Stop Targeting Morning News Reporter Avi Selk. He Rescues Kittens. [Updated]

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Not too long ago, The Dallas Morning News promoted Avi Selk from the crime beat to the Irving beat, where he's so far proved himself a more-than-capable chronicler of the bout of mild insanity currently gripping Irving's City Council and school board.

So, things are looking up for Selk professionally. On the home front, however, things have not been so kind. His home, a handsome brick house in Oak Cliff with a latticed front porch, has been burglarized three times in the past two-and-a-half months, most recently on Tuesday when someone broke in via a bathroom window and stole a $500 flat-screen TV. That was the second flat-screen TV Selk has lost. During the first break-in, back in June, burglars took another $500 set, along with video games and other electronics.

An appeal to the thieves' better nature is probably futile. These are hardened criminals who had no apparent qualms about committing a felony in full view of the innocent (and sickeningly adorable) litter of kittens Selk was trying to adopt out.

Nevertheless, we'll give it a try: Criminals, please leave Avi Selk alone. He seems like a good guy -- he rescues kittens for Christ's sake -- and he's been through enough already. So let's cut it out with the break-ins and thefts OK?

We've reached out to Selk with two questions: 1)Has he ever considered moving; and 2) Did he ever adopt out the kittens? We'll update when we hear back.

Updated at 9:40 a.m.: Selk's answers, via email:

1) I've considered it, but that's no way to live. I like this house. I'd rather keep it and relocate the burglars to prison.

2) I adopted out four of the five kittens. I'm trying to find a home for the last one but worry that he will miss the routine of monthly break and enters.

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KumasMom
KumasMom

As the adopted parent of one of those kittens, this article pains me to read.  Bless Avi's heart, he's one of the good ones.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Avi bears a striking resemblance to Liev Schreiber. 

observist
observist topcommenter

ATTENTION OAK CLIFF BURGLARS:  - The brick house with the lattice porch has a new TV every month, the owner works full time, and there's no security system, just cats. 

markzero
markzero

Safe bet it's a druggie neighbor that sees him leave for work at regular times.

Get an alarm, get surveillance cameras. And get a gun, because desperate people aren't rational and may come back while you are there.


edit: you had some weird stories on the crime beat

ruddski
ruddski

It's a sad commentary on American society that no-one stole the kittens.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

His home, a handsome brick house in Oak Cliff with a latticed front porch, has been burglarized three times in the past two-and-a-half months,

I am Jack's complete lack of surprise.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Just become one of those douchey  "I don't even own a television." type people.

Problem solved.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

someone must be confusing him for dallas' other Avi

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

No kitten pics? You're losing a zillion visitors.

Amy S
Amy S

Train the kitten to kill on command.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

Add me to the list of people who suggest he invest in a very loud home alarm system. And, perhaps look at hardening his house against further break-ins.

Kt Althoff
Kt Althoff

Well, at least he's a good sport.

dingo
dingo

Maybe he should try one of those work from home jobs that post on the DMN site.

Warren Johnson
Warren Johnson

maybe it's Irving school board members and city council people.

matt.cantu10
matt.cantu10

Did he ever think of getting a dog or possibly a burgular alarm?

Phil
Phil

Thanks for the tip about this discount electronics depot. I predict a rush come Christmas.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

So the Irving beat is a promotion from the crime beat?

ruddski
ruddski

$500 TV? DMN must pay even less than the DO,

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Such a nice Jewish boy, with lots of kittens, yet!  I should be thirty years younger... 

doublecheese
doublecheese

So what if he's been burglarized 3 times in under 3 months?  He's living in the cool, hip part of town.  That's got to be worth it, right?

anneDallas
anneDallas

Observist:.

... (DROPS MIC)

Exeunt left.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

@markzero He should only obtain a firearm is he is willing to purchase and install a safe (not a security cabinet) to keep it in. Otherwise, the burglars are likely to also end up with a firearm.

leftocenter
leftocenter

RIGHT!  Next time you have a thievin' school board member, substitute a kitten pic!  You'll get a lot more visits!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

I hear burgler bars are chic in oak cliff

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

I have a hamburglar alarm. Its awesome.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Either the burglars or the police will shoot a dog.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Myrna,If you are truly Jewish, you will be unable to sleep through the night or digest a meal until this mensch is married to a Jewish girl of your personal knowledge, friendship and approval.

rubbercow
rubbercow

I've lived in Oak Cliff for 7 years and have yet to be burgled.

roo_ster
roo_ster

@Tim.Covington @markzero Avi would be fulfilling his responsibility to merely keep the firearm inside his house.  No requirement for a safe ought be considered mandatory.  Of course, the best COA would be to pack heat 24/7/52.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Great video. BBC rarely disappoints.

ruddski
ruddski

They usually have free food during happy hour.

ruddski
ruddski

Or he gets a really good blow job from a JAP.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

I prefer the Paradise Lost version of angels, which does a lot better job of personalizing them. My Jewish education is likewise deficient, but in Hebrew school we paid rapt attention to the angels of death stories.

Anna_Merlan
Anna_Merlan

@primi_timpano Oh yeah. That is true, isn't it? My grasp on the angel thing is a little shaky, being of the Hebrew Persuasion and all. 

(Also, I like how I have two different accounts now, giving my comments a look of mild schizophrenia.)

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

I didn't think any humans became angels. I thought the angels predated people.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Do I get a commission for this hookup?

rubbercow
rubbercow

Thought I already replied....

Yes, that goes without saying!

rubbercow
rubbercow

Yeah, I thought about that.....

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