As the title say, are Sabre bots a thing?
I had two “illogical” but exactly same encounters with the same Sabre pilot which is operated by a ratting multiboxer.
The pattern is, if something comes into proximity, decloak if cloaked, approach, bubble, lock. The Sabre was both times alone, has no weapons, and feeds without sense.
First time I was landing on the acc gate of the site the multiboxer is in, the Sabre decloaks, bubbles and waits until it is dispatched plus pod. Second time it was in space aligned to the acc gate. I probed it, when I came close, it changed direction to me, bubbles, and waits until ship and pod dead. Nothing else.
A player would have assessed the situation and either would have remained cloaked or just warped and cloaked. There is no point to engage a lonely Hecate without weapons and backup in free space. Both times the Sabre opened aggression before I even could land the scram.