The “shoplifting dog” has come forward to own-up to the crime of store theft. —– [FEB 2009] ________________________________________ Shoplifting dog identified; family makes restitution: [FEB 06 2009] 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. When her owners turned her loose, she followed her nose straight for the good stuff. After sniffing around a bit, the first aisle she explored was Aisle 16, the pet aisle, paying particular attention to the rawhide bones. Akira lives in Cottonwood Heights, a long way away from the Murray grocery store. An electronic fence line is supposed to give her collar a jolt if she tries to leave, when it works. “She’s a roamer. She likes to get out and roam, and nothing will keep her inside,” her owner, John Stirling, said
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