By CATHERINE WOULFE – Sunday Star Times
Last updated 05:00 26/04/2009

It started with a kiss.

Hairdressing student Sophie Coker, 16, met labourer Ryan Alexander Frost, 18, through a friend; sparks flew and the pair were together, on and off, for a few months. Sophie says she dumped Ryan in December (“I guess I didn’t like him that much”) and by February he was going out with another girl.

On Valentine’s Day, Sophie’s cat went missing from her mother’s home in Stanmore Bay, north of Auckland.

Last week Ryan admitted that he and his new girlfriend had stolen the friendly eight-year-old tabby. Police have charged both teens with theft. Court records show neither has entered a plea; however, Ryan insists he has pleaded guilty. The girlfriend could not be contacted, and it is understood she and Ryan have broken up.

The pair are due back in North Shore District Court on Wednesday.

Ryan has confirmed the story that Sophie’s family told the Sunday Star-Times, but he and his family declined to comment.

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