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Four Legged Serial Shoplifter Caught On Camera

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Someone has been taking off with some tasty treats at a South Carolina convenience store. However, when store managers reviewed surveillance video, they were shocked by what was behind the thefts.

It turns out that the bandit was a pet husky. Will this four-legged thief spend hard time in the pound?

A typical Thursday night for Cato the husky is quite lazy.

"Pretty much that's what he does if he's in the house. He's laying around," said Holly Darden, Cato's owner. However, what Cato does when he's not inside the house, has his owner surprised.

"My dog was shoplifting... "

That's right. Cato got off his leash on Wednesday morning.

"When he runs, I just have to let him go until someone catches him," Darden said.

Not long after Cato's escape, a Dollar General Store was robbed.

"We didn't know it happened because he just snuck in with the customers," said Anastasia Polson, the Dollar General Store Manager.

Store manager Anastasia Polson says it happened twice within a few minutes, and what was bizarre was what was being taken.

"Pig ears, beef bones, dog food off the shelf and little dog treats," said Polson.

Polson knew their surveillance cameras were rolling, so she took a look. Guess who their thief turned out to be?

"Well, we had a shoplifting dog," she said as she laughed in disbelief.

Not just any dog, a smart one! At 9:38, you see Cato the husky walk up to the store, but the door shuts in his face. He's no dummy, though. He waits for the opportunity and in he goes. And out he comes again.

"This is pretty funny..." Polson admits.

In less than a minute he's back and once again, he's in. This time he spends just over three minutes. As quick as he got in, he was gone again.

"We had to lock the door to keep him from coming back in," Polson said.

Cato's crime spree was quick lived. Where did he take the merchandise?

"[Took] them out to the car wash over here back behind the grass. Digging holes and burying them," Polson said.

Maybe he saved the merchandise for his next adventure, but it might be a while because Cato is facing charges.

"The police kept telling me this is the best arrest ever. Thanks, thanks a lot," Darden said.

Cato has yet to confess, but tonight, we learned this isn't his first time.

"Yes, I don't know about the stealing. But 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," Darden said.

Maybe he's just hungry, but Darden feed him well.

"Look at him he's fat. Yes! I feed him. There's food in there. There's treats in there."

Cato did spend some time at the pound, but is back home resting.

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