Police dog caught in the act of stealing Christmas gifts
When the Franklin Police Service welcomed Ben Franklin, their new therapy dog, in February, they always assumed that the golden retriever would stay on the safe side of the law.
After all, the specially trained puppy was there to comfort the community. But it seems that some opportunities are too tempting to pass up – even for a good professional boy.
Ben Franklin therapy dog with Franklin Police Service
Twitter / Franklin Police
Recently, Ben Franklin came across a room full of donations ready to be sent to the Santa Claus Foundation for Children in Need. At the sight of all the toys, he couldn’t believe his luck.
“So this room is full, and I mean full of toys and gifts, and usually it’s locked up, but someone came in, and I noticed that Ben was out with a stuffed animal,” said officer Mucciarone, Ben’s manager, at The Dodo. “He had all over that one, so we let him have it.”
The next day, the door was opened again. Ben sneaked in and picked up a brand new doll still in its packaging, but was caught in the act by another police officer.
When the officer started filming the current crime, Ben ignored the camera, holding the toy with his mouth, and walked down the hall. He placed his stolen prize under a desk in his “lair.” There, the officers discovered a cache of donated toys that the puppy had carefully snuck out of the room.
“We learned a precious lesson today,” posted the Franklin Police Service on Facebook. “When you have a classroom full of toys ready to ship to the Santa Claus Foundation, you must … 1. Close the classroom door or 2. Keep the toys elevated.”
“Otherwise, a golden retriever will collect them slowly throughout the day and bring them back to its lair,” People believe that Ben should be on Santa’s “nice” list – despite his behaviour. “Mr Ben … I’m sure Santa will bring you your toys,” wrote one commenter.
A dog steals donated toys
The thief puppy has since been charged with theft, but no charges have yet been laid.
The thief should go clean, which is more than can be said for toys.
H/T: THE DODO
Facebook/Franklin Police Department
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