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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

January 30, 2014 at 11:16 AM

NW crime roundup: Big dippers … cat foodie … outhouse arson

aaasnuffSome unusual crimes making headlines around the Northwest this morning.

In Fairbanks, Alaska, two men were captured on video breaking into a smoke shop sometime between late Monday night and early Tuesday morning and stealing $1,000 worth of chewing tobacco.

Police say the burglars took 40 rolls of chewing tobacco and several class marijuana pipes.

Talk about big dippers.

Meanwhile, in Spokane, a 40-year-old man is in the, er, doghouse after police say he stole hundreds of pounds of cat food from an animal shelter.

William Sorenson faces a charge of second-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into a storage shed on the SpokAnimal property earlier this month and making off with at least 25 bags of dry food and 100 cans of wet food.

It wasn’t exactly a complicated caper. Employees accidentally left unlocked the shed where the food is stored, according to court documents.

Gail Mackie, executive director of SpokAnimal, praised the law enforcement response. “The police were Johnnies on the spot and arrested the guy,” tells the Spokane Spokesman-Review. “They got it all back for us.”

No word on what the alleged thief planned to do with all that cat food.

Finally, the sheriff’s office in Ada County, Idaho, is on the hunt for the arsonist who torched a plastic portable outhouse on a golf course.

The sheriff’s office tells the Idaho Statesman the fire destroyed the $800 outhouse on the fifth hole of the Indian Lakes Golf Course at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Fire crews arrived and put the fire out, but the outhouse had melted and was a complete loss.

As if water hazards weren’t bad enough.

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