The dog caught by CCTV footage in the act of stealing
bread. Photo supplied.
An Arrowtown cafe was left in short supply of its bread
after a dog with a penchant for paninis, French sticks,
doughnuts and bagels made away with $60 worth of stock.
Bread was delivered to Arrowtown's Espresso Love cafe at the
earlier time of 3am last Saturday and left in an outside
Cafe owner Jacynda Wallace said she arrived at the cafe to
find nearly all of the bread destined for the day's customers
The theft was reported at 9am and Ms Wallace expected police
to be looking for a two-legged culprit.
Arrowtown's CCTV system was used to identify who had stolen
the bread and after scouring the surveillance, Arrowtown
community senior constable Beth Fookes discovered the
offender was a black Labrador.
The CCTV footage showed the dog making return trips down the
alley to the cafe and returning with a mouthful of bread,
which occurred until the owner's arrival at 7.30am.
The dog stole around 40 items of bread and Snr Const Fookes
described what she had seen as ''a dog on a mission''.
Ms Wallace said she was relieved to hear the thief was a dog
and there was not an offender lurking around Arrowtown.
At the time of writing the dog had not been found.
Snr Const Fookes said supposedly they were looking for a now
rather large dog, but there was a possibility the dog stored
the bread to consume later.
She suggested anyone knowing the identity of the dog to let
either Queenstown police or Espresso Love know.