They were caught red-handed at the scene of the crime—but one accomplice was too cute to arrest.
That’s the situation San Bernardino Police found themselves in when they caught the getaway car used in a robbery—and discovered one unlikely bandit along for the ride.
The authorities received a report about a robbery and on March 20, they visited the scene of the crime to review the security footage, according to the San Bernardino Sun.
But when they arrived at the undisclosed location, they were in for a surprise:
The getaway car had returned to the scene of the crime.
A vehicle matching the exact description in the robbery report pulled up while they were on the scene. The police pulled the car over and detained the driver for questioning.
But the officers were shocked that the driver wasn’t the only one in the car … he had an accomplice, who didn’t quite match the typical criminal profile:
It was a puppy!
The tiny tan and white pup was the most adorable accessory to a suspected robbery anyone had ever seen.
“This little guy was stuck in a vehicle during a robbery,” San Bernardino PD wrote on Twitter. “Turns out he didn’t make a very good getaway driver!”
The puppy had been in a hot car, so the officers got him out, brought him into the air conditioning and gave him some water and dog treats.
Sure, he looks innocent, but is it possible this dog was the mastermind behind the whole operation? Maybe. But the police seemed to think the puppy was just in over his head:
“[He] was just along for the ride,” department spokeswoman Sadie Albers told the San Bernardino Sun.
Okay, he’ll get away with it this time. As the (human) driver was detained and the getaway car was towed, the police were able to get him back home.
“Officers took good care of the puppy and then returned him to his family,” Albers said.
It seems that the dog just got himself stuck in the getaway car at some point, and his owners have no apparent connection to the robbers or the victims. Safe back at home, hopefully this pup will be able to keep to the straight-and-narrow for now on.