He entered the store like any other customer, walking boldly through the front doors without a care in the world. He went straight to the section that interested him and despite the fact he appeared to be sniffing around some of the merchandise, no one really paid much attention.
That is until he grabbed one of the items and tried to run out without paying for it, finding himself face-to-face with an angry manager.
So far the scene that unfolded in a Murray, Utah grocery store on Wednesday sounds like any shoplifting story you've heard before. But it wasn't. Because in this case, the light fingered sneak thief doesn't actually have any fingers at all.
He's a dog.
It turns out the brilliant pooch had somehow figured out where the canine cookies were kept - any pet owner knows that's the first thing their animal learns - and simply followed other human shoppers into the store via the automatic door.
He wandered around for a moment, sniffing at the odd customer, before heading over to the pet section. Once he found his way there, the pilfering pup grabbed a rawhide bone from a lower level display and rushed towards the exit.
He didn't quite make it.
Manager Roger Adamson spotted the intruder on the security system in his office (which taped the entire affair, top left and below) and gave chase. "I've never seen him shop in here before, brand new customer," the amused Adamson confirms. "Didn't even have his fresh value card."
The manager attempted to stop the thief but the animal instincts of his adversary were too strong and the dog began to snarl. "I looked at him, I said drop it!" Adamson remembers. "I decided I wanted to keep all my fingers. So, I didn't try to take it from him. He looked at me and I looked at him and he ran for the door and away he went. Right out the front door."
It was a clean getaway that has already become the stuff of local legend. And how much did the conniving canine get away with?
His haul, probably long since digested, is valued at $2.79.
REMEMBER, YOU CANNOT TRUST DOGS.
FROM THE CAT