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Beagle stealing shoes

People in Waveland, Ind., say a string of bizarre shoe thefts are being blamed on a beagle believed to be taking the shoes to a local fire station.

Angie Jeffers said one of her son's shoes disappeared after being left outside overnight and soon turned up near the firehouse, WLFI-TV in Lafayette, Ind., reported Wednesday.
Locals said shoes began arriving at the fire department in June and since then only Jeffers and one other person have reported seeing the thief -- a small beagle.
"He's a little beagle dog," said Jeffers. "He was laying there in the sun on the ramp, where the firetrucks come out, with a shoe beside him."
Acting town marshal Rob Kiger said he also spotted the beagle, who is believed to be a stray, carrying a tennis shoe in his mouth and another curious item on his head.
"The shoe bandit beagle came out of the alley and down this street, with a pair of women's underwear on his head," said Kiger. "He turned down the street and headed for the fire department."
Officials said the dog, who takes only one shoe at a time and never leaves any bite marks on the items, has proven difficult to capture.
"Can't catch him," Kiger said. "A lot of people have tried. But nobody can catch him."

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2008/08/27/Residents_Beagle_stealing_shoes/UPI-92671219880345/
 
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