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Shoplifting dog identified; family makes restitution
ksl.com ^ | Feb. 6, 2009 | John Hollenhorst and Becky Bruce

Posted on 02/09/2009 2:43:46 PM PST by smokingfrog

Mystery solved, suspect in custody! We finally know who pulled off a canine caper that generated news stories, and laughter, around the globe. The "shoplifting dog" has finally come forward and faced up to the crime.

Returning to the scene of the crime in a Hummer, Akira took it easy this time, riding instead of walking. The 11-year-old Siberian Husky seemed eager for a return visit to the Smith's grocery store.

Just before Christmas, surveillance video captured a mysterious dog making a clean getaway with a stolen rawhide bone. The Stirling family suspected Akira was the bad guy and brought her back to face the music.

"There's no question. That looks exactly like the dog," store manager Roger Adamson said. That same verdict was unanimous from store employees.

Video at link.

(Excerpt) Read more at ksl.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Utah; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: akira; followup; husky

1 posted on 02/09/2009 2:43:47 PM PST by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

Thanks for the post. Great ending to a hilarious dog theft.


2 posted on 02/09/2009 2:48:57 PM PST by baltoga
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To: smokingfrog

No, no, no! Bad girl! Bad, bad puppy! Get in your bed, and don’t let me see your face until you have thought about what you have done! Bad girl!


3 posted on 02/09/2009 2:49:48 PM PST by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: smokingfrog

That is SO cute! Our Golden stole a dried pig’s ear at the feed store last week, but he was driven there in our car. That Akira would walk 12 miles is a hoot.


4 posted on 02/09/2009 2:49:54 PM PST by EggsAckley
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To: smokingfrog

You know what I loved most about the surveillance tape?

No one seems to care (or notice) that the dog is even in the store walking strolling around with a bone in its mouth!


5 posted on 02/09/2009 2:50:06 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: smokingfrog

Thanks for that! I needed a laugh today.


6 posted on 02/09/2009 2:50:22 PM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: smokingfrog

Great story, great dog, except for the fact the owners of the dog seem to allow it to run off which there is no excuse for.


7 posted on 02/09/2009 2:54:38 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: smokingfrog

Awwwww. Nice story.


8 posted on 02/09/2009 2:56:47 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: dragnet2

That’s too.

You have to be careful with Siberian Huskies.

They not only love to run but are great escape artists too.

It’s not because they hate who they’re living with. It’s just the simple fact that they’re thinking “Hey, I can get out of here for well...hmmm...BECAUSE I want to! I am a dog!”


9 posted on 02/09/2009 3:00:53 PM PST by MplsSteve
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To: smokingfrog

Sorry for being skeptical, but a pet who is well fed or starving is not going to walk 12 miles to enter some store and steal food. Something stinks.

A dog that lives next door or very close, yes. But a dog that lives 12 miles away? No.


10 posted on 02/09/2009 3:05:15 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
What else was the Huskie going to do with its day? Return home to get a shock just to get back past the “barrier” and sit around all day NOT chewing a bone.
11 posted on 02/09/2009 3:07:29 PM PST by allmendream ("Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be redistributed?")
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To: allmendream

LOL!!!

I understand.


12 posted on 02/09/2009 3:10:19 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

I used to own a hound dog. 12 miles in a day is NOT out of the bounds of what a dog would consider a reasonable jaunt.

Dogs also have a good sense of time. Dog probably knew when its humans were coming home, and always came home before them.

I had a neighbor who had that problem. People told him “Your dog is getting out” and he told them “it isn’t my dog” until finally we said “Yes, he yelps when the shock collar goes off, then runs around the neighborhood all day, then yelps when he gets back in his yard shortly before you get home”.


13 posted on 02/09/2009 3:15:10 PM PST by allmendream ("Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be redistributed?")
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To: MplsSteve
They not only love to run but are great escape artists too.

Yeah, that's why it's up to the human owners to see to it their area is secure, for the dogs protection.

14 posted on 02/09/2009 3:20:36 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: smokingfrog

Well he could be Secretary of the Treasury with those credentials!


15 posted on 02/09/2009 3:24:29 PM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: smokingfrog
This dog has a definate agenda... hey, where you goin'? :-)


16 posted on 02/09/2009 3:28:40 PM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: smokingfrog; Joe 6-pack; AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; apackof2; Shannon; SandRat; ...

Doggie ping!!


17 posted on 02/09/2009 3:29:00 PM PST by Peace4EarthNow (Come to know Jesus as your Savior, so YOU TOO can be saved!! - http://www.allaboutgod.com)
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To: smokingfrog

Wonder how the pooch discovered the grocery the first time around?


19 posted on 02/09/2009 3:34:10 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: TASMANIANRED
Wonder how the pooch discovered the grocery the first time around?

Probably by using Google Maps...

20 posted on 02/09/2009 3:37:27 PM PST by Zeppo (Save the cheerleader, save the world...)
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To: Peace4EarthNow

That is adorable. He is one smart doggie.


21 posted on 02/09/2009 3:47:33 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: baltoga

Some time ago my Irish Setter showed up at the back door with a shopping bag full of tomatoes. Who knows where he got them but they sure were good.


22 posted on 02/09/2009 3:50:44 PM PST by jesseam (Been there and done that!)
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To: smokingfrog

We used to have a dog named Fannie Mae Farkleberry that stole stuff from neighbors and brought it into our garage and dropped it at the back door. She stole dirty laundry from other neighbors’ garages, windshield wipers and lots of good stuff. Some neighbor finally loaded her up and hauled her off one day. It was sad, but she was a misunderstood thief. Her childhood made her go bad I suppose.


23 posted on 02/09/2009 3:54:33 PM PST by Twinkie (TWO WRONGS DON'T MAKE A RIGHT!!!)
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To: GatĂșn(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

You don’t know Huskies.


24 posted on 02/09/2009 4:18:03 PM PST by tillacum (.)
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To: jesseam

That is funny!!!!

Have to teach my dogs to do that.


25 posted on 02/09/2009 4:24:31 PM PST by Shyla
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To: nnn0jeh; Cailleach

ping


26 posted on 02/09/2009 6:07:23 PM PST by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: Zeppo

Could be.. he is a clever hound even if larcenous.


27 posted on 02/09/2009 6:19:01 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: smokingfrog; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
When will this show up on CSI?


28 posted on 02/09/2009 6:30:30 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (This disaster brought to you by the failed Obama administration.)
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To: MplsSteve
And after they accomplish an escape that would leave Houdini applauding...they develop total deafness.

It always used to amaze me that a dog that could hear the refrigerator door open NEXT DOOR..could lose their hearing so fast. While chasing down the escapee, they would become completely impervious to the best “Come here, Sweetie” to a bellowed “Get over here now!”

They just look over their shoulders and smile (huskies do smile)...or maybe that was a smirk?

The husky/wolf mix that owned me was also a thief. A real j.d.

Good story.

29 posted on 02/09/2009 8:02:58 PM PST by berdie (Philosophies of the school room in one generation will reflect the government philosophy of the next)
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To: tillacum; All

“You don’t know Huskies.”

No I don’t, but I am sure getting a lesson about them. : )


30 posted on 02/10/2009 6:06:39 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Peace4EarthNow
You can see on the film that the bag boy thought about stopping the dog, but thought better of it.

Don't blame him.

Friend of mine had a big yellow Lab named Goose. He was at a hunt test with Goose, and Goose missed the mark and started hunting around for the bird, got over near the bird boys. My friend hollered "DON'T LET HIM GET A DUCK!" but Goose nipped in behind the blind, grabbed a duck off the dryer, and ran back to the line. Friend yelled, "I told you not to let him get a duck!" Bird boy stuck his head out from behind the blind and yelled back, "He GROWLED at me!"

31 posted on 02/10/2009 6:34:27 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: smokingfrog

The family thinks it is cute that Akira is “a roamer” but this is a serious problem. She could easily be hit by a car or stolen if they allow this bolting behavior to continue. They need to train her or give her to a family who can handle the responsibilities of being a pet guardian.


32 posted on 02/10/2009 1:33:57 PM PST by KarlaG
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