Cheruthoni: A German Shepherd stolen from a house in Idukki has been found at Chittoor in Ernakulam. The Idukki Police arrested Nidhin, 29, of Edakkunnam in Chittoor in connection with the curious incident.
The police tracked down the truck in which the alleged thief smuggled the dog.
The she-dog, costing around Rs 25,000, was reported missing from the house of Saji at Vellakkayam along the Idukki–Neriyamangalam state highway. Visuals of the dog being taken away on a truck were recorded by the CCTV camera of a neighbouring house, giving vital clues to the police.
The investigators soon found that the lorry had brought pipes to Idukki from Ernakulam. On questioning vehicle driver Nidhin, the police learnt that the German shepherd was at his house in Chittoor.
Nidhin was subsequently arrested and his lorry taken into custody along with the dog. All of them were transported to Idukki.
Dog to be kept in locked cage
The police returned the dog to the owner after a court directed that the animal should be presented whenever it is summoned.
Owner Saji, who took possession of his two-and-a-half-year-old dog, said that he would now keep the German Shepherd under lock and key in an iron cage on the premises of his house.
Taming the German Shepherd
Nidhin had tamed the dog before smuggling it out of its kennel. CCTV visuals of the crime show the thief spending much time around the kennel to tame the dog. Saji owns one more German Shepherd, a male one. It is normally shifted to the house verandah at night.
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