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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

'The dog ate my diamonds!' Honey Bun the pet pooch mistakes $10K earrings for doggy treats

By Rachel Quigley

When $10,000 worth of diamonds went missing from a jewellery store, employees suspected the heist was an inside job carried out right in front of their noses.

In fact they managed to recover the diamonds the next day and didn't even have to call the police - they simply turned to their canine helper.

Honey Bun is a constant presence in a John Ross jewellers in Georgia and is loved by all of the customers who come in as she roams around the shop.

Doggy treats: Honey bun the dog has expensive tastes after he ate two one-carat earrings worth $10,000

Stolen goods: The earrings disappeared from a Georgia jewellery store, but the owners didn't have to go far to find them again

But co-owners Chuck and Ann Roberts soon found out that Honey Bun has expensive taste.

When Mr Roberts left his chair near his desk and went to help out a customer earlier this month, he noticed an empty jewellery pouch lying on the floor on his return.

On his desk had been four packs of loose diamonds, about a carat each to set in diamond earrings, a few pens, and some dog treats.

Now there were only three and Mr Roberts said he knew exactly what had happened.

Speaking to WALB, he said: 'We looked all over and there weren't any diamonds, so immediately I knew he'd eaten them. So we took him to the vets to run X-rays.'

Owner: Chuck Roberts said he didn't even scold Honey Bun as he was just so happy he was OK and the earrings were recovered

Wife: Ann Roberts co-owns John Ross jewellers in Georgia with her husband

Pet: Honey Bun parades around the shop and is loved by all the customers

Though carbon cannot be detected in X-Rays, the doctor did notice two familiar shaped dark spots, which turned out to be the earrings.

Only a day passed before the diamonds could be returned.

Mr Roberts said: 'The next afternoon sure enough the earring back and two diamonds were recovered, no panic.

'I haven't scolded him to this day and I won't. Why not? It's my fault for leaving the chair there, that's why.'

Mr Roberts told WALB that the experience has taught him a valuable lesson and is now very cautious about where he leaves his desk chair.

He said he and his wife will also be keeping a closer eye on Honey Bun especially around the precious gems.



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