Toys kept disappearing from a US police department's holiday donation drive. Their therapy dog was the thief.
- The Franklin Police Department in Franklin, Massachusetts, was collecting toys for a holiday toy drive when they realized donations had been disappearing.
- They soon discovered their department's therapy dog, a Labrador named Ben, had been taking the toys.
- Deputy Chief James Mill told CNN affiliate WFXT that Ben thought the toys "belonged to him".
- Ben was caught on video taking a baby doll from the collection area and bringing it to his bed under a police officer's desk.
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A Massachusetts police department's therapy dog was caught stealing toys from the force's donation area and keeping them for himself.
Officers with the Franklin Police Department in Franklin, Massachusetts, had arranged to collect toys for children ahead of the holiday season for The Santa Foundation, a local nonprofit that helps families in need.
But when they noticed toys were disappearing, they found the culprit to be their therapy dog, a Labrador named Ben.
"When Ben saw the toys, he thought they all belonged to him," Deputy Chief James Mill told CNN affiliate WFXT.
Officers caught Ben in the act, and filmed a video of him taking a baby doll from the donation area in a classroom.
When an officer asked him what he was doing, Ben walked over to his bed under a desk, where another toy was also found.
"You're priceless," an officer said in the video. "He's gonna stockpile them toys over there. He keeps bringing them in here."
The department joked that they've now learned to keep the classroom door shut - and to keep toys in a high place where Ben can't reach.
"If not, a golden retriever will slowly hoard them throughout the day and bring them back to his lair," the post read. "Thanks to Officer Cusson for capturing this larceny on camera."
Deputy Chief James Mill told Boston 25 News that Ben has been "banned" from the toy room.
"I mean, he's gotten his slobber all over them at this point so the police department has replaced them," he said.
Mill told WFXT that Ben has "run of the station."
"It's amazing. He's like one of those friends who always shows up at a party that everybody loves," Mill told the station. "So even if you're having a terrible day, if Ben walks in, seriously it's like a ray of sunshine."
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