Days prior to Christmas, Franklin Police Department collected toys for the Santa Structure, a regional center that assists those in need. But officers were surprised to discover that some the collected toys went missing, so they decided to investigate. Ends up the toys thief was exactly the one that was supposed to guard them– Ben, the department’s treatment dog.
More than that, the 1-year-old Golden Retriever was caught in the act, as one of the officers filmed the whole scene. “When Ben saw the toys, he thought they all came from him,” Deputy Chief James Mill told WFXT.
” We learned an extremely valuable lesson today,” the police department wrote in a Facebook post. “When you have a classroom full of toys ready to be shipped off to the Santa Structure, you should … 1. Close the door to the classroom, or 2. Keep the toys elevated. If not, a gold retriever will slowly hoard them throughout the day and bring them back to his lair. Thanks to Officer Cusson for catching this [thief] on camera.”
Fortunately, the kind officers decided to share the hilarious videos with their followers. After all, even them couldn’t their enjoyment when spotted Ben in the act. “You are priceless,” officer Cusson can be listened to. “I believe Officer Jamie Mucciarone, that is Ben’s handler, recognized what was going on after two toys showed up under his desk, which is where Ben suches as to rest,” policeman Jonson added.
As a penalty, Ben got himself banned from the toy room. Unsure for how long, thinking about the adorable pup is the spirit of the department. “He resembles one of those buddies that always shows up at a party that everybody loves,” officer Mill said. “So even if you’re having a terrible day, if Ben walks in, seriously, it’s just like a ray of sunshine.”