Man's best friend turns out to be pretty good detective, too

Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2002

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Shorty the dog should probably consider a career in law enforcement.

Duane Palmer was playing fetch on Jan. 16 with his 11-month-old Labrador-Huskey mix when the dog returned with a wallet instead of the ball that was thrown.

Palmer turned the wallet over to police and told them where it was found.

Police said the address also was the location from which a woman called to report she had seen a man peeping into her living room window on Jan. 9.

North Huntingdon Patrolman Theodore Kukich said he found footprints in the snow and what appeared to be an impression left by someone laying down -- but the man had fled before he arrived.

The woman who owned the apartment said she could identify the man if she saw him again.

When police showed her a picture from the driver's license found below her window, she positively identified a 23-year-old man, who was charged with loitering, prowling at night and disorderly conduct.

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