It didn’t take much sleuthing to discover the identity of the thief who made off with pig ears, beef bones and dog food from a Dollar General store in Clinton, SC.
Twice within a few minutes earlier this week, items were pilfered from the store, located in South Carolina’s Upstate region.
Store manager Anastasia Polson was at a loss as to how the items could have been lifted so she turned to store surveillance cameras.
The video showed the culprit in action – a local resident well known to area customers: Cato, a husky that apparently has learned that crime does indeed pay.
The video shows the canine walking up to the doors at 9:38 a.m. this past Wednesday, but they closed before he could get into the store. However, the clever canine waited and then tagged along when a customer entered. He came back out less than a minute later.
A quick learner, Cato made another trip inside a short time later, spending about three minutes inside before leaving, according to Charleston, SC, television station WCSC.
“We had to lock the door to keep him from coming back in,” Polson said.
Cato, who buried his ill-gotten booty nearby, wasn’t stealing for want of food, according to his owner.
“Look at him, he’s fat,” laughed Holly Darden, who said her dog got loose by slipping off his leash. ”Yes! I feed him. There’s food in there. There’s treats in there.”
Clinton police filled out a report just for fun, telling Darden it was their best arrest ever.
She said she’s not sure if this is this was Cato’s first theft, but said her four-legged companion is apparently quite the Dog-About-Town.
“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,” she said.
(Top: Picture of Cato, the husky that helped himself to such delicacies as pig ears and beef bones from a Dollar General store in Clinton, SC, before being apprehended by local police. Photo credit: WCSC.)