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BATON ROUGE-  Thieves in the Baton Rouge area are continuing a costume trend when committing crimes.

The latest dressed like the "Cat in the Hat."

Others have donned wild, red wigs and pajamas, leaving people scratching their heads.

"I think it takes a special kind of person that can be dressed up in the Cat in the Hat costume to rob a bank or something like that," said Robin Palms.

Alexis Ray said, "Not funny if they're robbing someone, but other than that, yea it is."

Police in Zachary are working on the most recent case, of the woman in the whimsical hat.  Officers say she broke into a few cars at a gym then used the credit cards she stole to buy expensive items.  Police say the crazy costumes are catching more attention and law enforcement is benefiting.

"I think it's really exposing people because they're really starting to stand out," said Zachary Police Chief David McDavid, "I think people are really starting to do a lot of hilarious things out here, but it's also helping us in law enforcement."

Several oddly dressed suspects have been caught close to when authorities say they committed their crimes, which include multiple bank robberies.

"It's starting to really get kind of crazy," said McDavid, "We have different things happening here in Zachary, but we're starting to see some funny things also. I don't know if it's with the economics or what, but it's really starting to be a problem here."

People are mixed about the trend.

"You would actually look at someone, if even they weren't actually trying to rob you," said Ray, "You see someone in a Cat in the Hat outfit, it's not October 31st, it's not Halloween, so that is something out of the norm."

Palms said, "I think it's kind of scary because it's like they don't fit this profile now that you have to look out for something that, at once, you would think, oh that's a funny costume, that's something different, now you have to think, oh is that somebody trying to rob me?"

If you have any information about the "Cat in the Hat" case, or the pajama break-in, call authorities.

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