A quiet south Baltimore neighborhood is just that for a reason. It’s not because of expensive security. These guys just need a bowl of milk and to be left alone. They’re the Riverside Watch Cats.
- The new team of security patrolling Riverside Park, but they do not look like what you may expect.
- So no guns, no violence, four legs instead of two, with a crime stopping resume. Max McGee has the story from East Randall street.
MAX MCGEE: This quiet South Baltimore neighborhood is just that for a reason. And no, it's not because of expensive security. No, these guys just need a bowl of milk and to be left alone.
They're the Riverside watch cats. On the corner of Henry and Randall, it's as bizarre as it is real. Watching over the South Baltimore neighborhood near Riverside Park is a security team totaling 40 pounds with not an ounce of tolerance.
JESSICA DUPREE: He actually brought attention to somebody trying to rob somebody's house through the alley. I didn't notice it. He started wagging his tail really hard and staring. Come on, baby.
MAX MCGEE: Goose watches Henry Street.
JESSICA DUPREE: Where we going?
MAX MCGEE: While fighting crime, he fights deer. He's not the only one to fawn over.
MELANIE NOWAK: Before we even bought our house, we were touring it. We got to the rooftop deck and Speedy was sitting on top.
MAX MCGEE: Speedy covers Randall. He certifies transportation.
MELANIE NOWAK: He seems to really feel like he needs to protect the cars around us. So if I have to go to work, sometimes I'll see the paw prints on my glass window shield.
- Speedy, our gray neighborhood cat sits on my car often and my car has never been robbed. So, I mean, like, correlation isn't causation.
MAX MCGEE: There is also Hercules on William and Montgomery, but we couldn't find his PIO to speak to us.
JESSICA DUPREE: We're going this way now.
MAX MCGEE: This neighborhood watch has left Riverside feline a more furtunate than most.
MELANIE NOWAK: We appreciate Speedy for the radius he has near us, but it sounds like Goose and Waffle and all these other cats are doing a good job.
MAX MCGEE: I'm told sunny days, just like this one, are the ones where Goose is out and about the most. If you'd like to follow him on Instagram-- Yeah, he has Instagram. Goose.TheSobocat. In Riverside, I'm Max McGee for WJZ.