Holiday Mystery Solved! Massachusetts Police Department Discovers Therapy Dog Was the Thief Stealing From a Toy Donation Bin

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Yahoo News is happy to report that it wasn’t a Grinch after all!

The Franklin, Mass. police department had been collecting toys to sent to the non-profit Santa Foundation, but noticed that toys kept disappearing.

With a little creative sleuthing, detectives got to the bottom of the case when they caught the thief in the act: it was Ben Franklin, the police department's therapy dog.

“We learned an extremely valuable lesson today,” the Franklin Police Department wrote on Facebook on Wednesday. “When you have a classroom full of toys ready to be shipped off to the Santa Foundation, you should… 1. Close the door to the classroom Or 2. Keep the toys elevated[.] If not, a golden retriever will slowly hoard them throughout the day and bring them back to his lair. Thanks to Officer Cusson for capturing this larceny on camera.”

In a newly-released video, an officer can be heard asking Ben “where are you going?” as the dog walks through the police station with a toy baby basket in his mouth. The precocious pooch proceeds to take the baby underneath a desk, where several other toys appear in a pile.   

“When they saw him walking out of the classroom, they were like: ‘What is he doing?’” Franklin Police Deputy Chief James Mil told Boston 25 News. “The facility is locked down so we knew it was pretty simple to figure out it was Ben… When Ben saw the toys, he thought they all belonged to him.”

Ben got off with a warning, this time. “It was an easy solution. Ben here is now banned from this room. I mean, he’s gotten his slobber all over them at this point so the police department has replaced them,” Mill told Boston 25 News.

Watch out for this criminal mastermind:

?? Meet Ben – he’s been a therapy dog for the Franklin Police since February! How cute is he? Looks like his catching skills may need some work. ?? (Courtesy ??: Franklin Police Department)

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3:20 PM - Dec 18, 2019

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