Dog caught red-pawed shoplifting pig ears, treats

CLINTON, SC (CNN) -- Dogs are often guilty of being adorable and messy, but one canine in South Carolina got involved in a real crime. And he was caught red-pawed on surveillance camera committing the dastardly deed.

A typical Thursday night for Cato the husky is him laying around the house. but, it's what cato does when he's not inside the house. His owner, Holley Darden said, "My dog was shoplifting."

That's right, Cato got of his leash, Wednesday morning. Darden said, "When he runs I just have to let him go until someone catches him."

Well not long after Cato's escape, a Dollar General Store was robbed. Store manager Anastasia Polson said, "We didn't know it happened because he just snuck in with the customers."

Store manager Anastasia Polson says it happened twice within a few minutes. And what was bizarre was what was being taken. Polson said, "Pig ears, beef bones, dog food off the shelf, the little packets of dog treats."

Polson knew their surveillance cameras were rolling so, she took a look and guess who their thief turned out to be. She laughed and said, "Well we had a shoplifting dog."

Not just any dog; at nine thirty eight you see Cato, the husky walk up and the door shuts in his face. But he's no dummy. He waits for the opportunity and in he goes, and out he comes.

In less than a minute, he's back and once again he's in. This time for just over three minutes, as quick as he got in, he was gone again. Polson said, "We had to lock the door to keep him from coming back in."

Cato's crime spree was quick lived, and as to where Cato was taking the merchandise, Polson said, "Taking them out to the car wash over here back behind the grass. Digging holes and burying them."

Darden said, "The police kept telling me this is the best arrest ever. Thanks, thanks a lot."

Cato has yet to confess but tonight we learned this isn't his first time. Darden said, "Yes, I don't know about the stealing. But he's gotten into Ingles. He's gotten into BI-LO. He goes to Pizza Hut. And he goes up to Yo Cup which is downtown too."

Clinton police even filed a police report on the incident just for fun.


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