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CLINTON, SC (WHNS) — After a few dog treats disappeared, employees at a Dollar General store in Clinton soon discovered their thief was a four-legged bandit.
Cato the husky spends most of his days lounging around his Clinton house, but it’s what he does when he gets out that has his owner worried.
“My dog was shoplifting,” laughed Holly Darden, Cato’s owner.
Wednesday morning, Cato got off his leash and took off. And not long after his escape, the Dollar General store on South Broad Street was robbed.
“We didn’t know it happened because he just snuck in with the customers,” said store manager Anastasia Polson.
Polson said it happened twice within a few minutes. She said someone had stolen pig ears, beef bones, dog food and treats off the shelf.
She knew their surveillance cameras were rolling, so when she watched the film, she saw they had a shoplifting dog.
The video shows Cato walk up to the doors at 9:38 a.m., but they shut in his face before he can get in. But he waits for the opportunity to go in with a customer, then back out in less than a minute.
Then he’s back once again and inside for about three minutes before leaving.
“We had to lock the door to keep him from coming back in,” Polson said.
Cato’s crime spree was quick lived. And he took the goods and buried them nearby.
Darden said police told her it was their best arrest ever. She said she’s not sure if this is his first theft, but he has gotten into other local businesses.
“He’s gotten into Ingles. He’s gotten into BI-LO. He goes to Pizza Hut. And he goes up to Yo Cup which is downtown too,” she said.
Darden said he’s not hungry.
“Look at him, he’s fat,” she laughed. “Yes! I feed him. There’s food in there. There’s treats in there.”
Cato did spend time at the pound, but he’s back home resting. And Clinton police did fill out a report just for fun.
By Cody Alcorn