Just before Christmas, surveillance video cameras at Smith’s grocery store in Utah captured a dog strolling into the store, picking out a rawhide bone and then making a clean getaway. The video was widely shown on TV and the internet. But the dog's owners hadn’t seen the video until recently.
"We'd had people tell us it looked a lot like her, but neither one of us had really paid attention or watched the video," owner John Stirling said.
Suspecting it was their dog, the Stirling family brought her back to the scene of the crime where employees made a positive identification of Akira, an 11-year-old Siberian Husky, including her electronic collar.
Not getting human laws for exchanging cash for merchandise, she again made her way to the pet aisle and the rawhide bones. Her humans paid twice for the bone when they checked out.
It seems that an invisible fence was supposed to curtail Akira’s crime sprees, but she was able to break away that day and walk 5.9 miles, even crossing under two freeways to reach the store. Then she walked back, a round trip of nearly 12 miles.
This might make a good Disney movie except for, you know, the crime aspect.
"She's a roamer.” Stirling said. “She likes to get out and roam, and nothing will keep her inside.” The story
So much for my theory that a dog-Fagin was operating in the area.