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Dog who shoplifted rawhide bone from Utah store is brought to justice

February 10, 2009 |  4:09 pm

The canine shoplifter who made off with a rawhide bone from a Salt Lake City-area supermarket in December and became an Internet superstar in the process has turned herself in (with some prodding, no doubt, from her owners).

The owners of Akira, an 11-year-old Siberian husky, recently brought the theft suspect back to the scene of the crime, where her identity as the mysterious shoplifter was confirmed by store employees.  "There's no question. That looks exactly like the dog," said Smith's Food & Drug store manager Roger Adamson. 

Akira's owners, the Stirling family, explained that the dog is normally confined by an electric fence which apparently malfunctioned the day she trekked to the store.  Utah's KSL TV reported:

Akira lives in Cottonwood Heights, a long way away from the Murray grocery store...

"She's a roamer. She likes to get out and roam, and nothing will keep her inside," her owner, John Stirling, said.

Here's the Walt Disney "Incredible Journey" part: To get to the Smith's store in Murray, she must have walked from Cottonwood Heights, crossing under two freeways. It was a trip [measuring] 5.9 miles. After ripping off the bone and returning home, it's nearly 12 miles.

True to form, when Akira was turned loose in the store she headed immediately for the pet food aisle.  The Stirlings bought her a brand-new rawhide bone.  To cover the cost of their pet's thievery, they paid double.

-- Lindsay Barnett

Video courtesy of KSL.com

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