Oh sure, blame it on the dog
Residents of Waveland, a small town in southern Indiana, say shoes they leave outside are disappearing, and a stray dog is the suspected culprit.
The rash of shoe thefts begain in June, and acting town marshal Rob Kiger and others report they have seen the stray brown and white dog — possibly a beagle — carrying a shoe in its mouth around town. (Sounds like pretty circumstantial evidence to me.) Others have seen the dog lying in the sun near the fire station. The shoes, after they disappear, often turn up around the town’s fire station, according to an Associated Press report. Susie Calvert, who works near the fire station, said she finds shoes and places them on a ledge of the building, hoping that the owners will collect them.
Kiger said he’s tried to take the dog into custody, but it runs away every time he gets close.
Fewer than 500 people live in Waveland — hardly enough for a ”rash” of anything — and why they leave their shoes outside was not explained.