The dog was declared innocent after social media users urged the department to spare Ice and get him more treats.
A dog is a man’s best friend but in this instance, the dog is also the culprit in disguise. A police K-9 in Michigan came under the radar for accusations of stealing. What took a hilarious turn was the announcement about the investigation on the Wyandotte Police Department’s Facebook page. The post looks all serious until you realize the culprit is the canine expert Ice. Ice had a particularly “ruff” day according to the post as he was caught at the crime scene where the lunch box of the owners was found empty.
The K-9 was seen lurking out of the room with no remorse before Officer Barwig raised the alarm about his missing lunch. The Wyandotte Police Department shared a mugshot of K-9 Ice, writing: "Stealing is not only a crime but it is morally wrong too. Some jobs, like that of being a police officer, require you to take an oath prior to starting. Within the officer's sworn oath is the promise to protect a person's property. That being said, it saddens me to report that a current officer of the Wyandotte Police Department is under investigation for stealing! The incident happened two days ago at the station. Officer Barwig was eating lunch in the breakroom when he was called to assist with a person in the WPD jail."
"He quickly jumped into service, leaving his half-eaten lunch on the table. A short while later Barwig and another officer returned to the breakroom only to find Ofc. Ice leisurely strolling out of the room licking his chops. Barwig's entire lunch was gone... disappeared, vanished," adds the post which was uploaded on January 12. "Ofc. Ice has invoked his fifth amendment right to remain silent and quite frankly is not cooperating with the investigation. He has a history of rummaging through trash cans that are within his reach. There have been several other accusations of him taking food right from coworkers' hands as they walk by. WPD will consider our Facebook followers' opinions on how to proceed with this investigation."
Many commented in favor of the poor canine who couldn’t let go of his basic instincts. One wrote in defense of Ice: “Sounds like circumstantial evidence. He does not look guilty so thus must be presumed to be innocent.” Meanwhile, another said: “Clearly innocent until proven guilty without a doubt. Meanwhile, I suggest better snacks.” The post invited serious deliberations over the charges and many held that the evidence was circumstantial. Quite comically, many also came forward to represent the K-9 pro bono.
Considering the public's opion, the police department later shared an update about the so-called crime on January 18, 2023. The post reads: “Dozens of attorneys have offered to defend Ofc Ice pro-bono! We have been threatened with massive protests if we move forward with our investigation and/or charges. Plus the overall public just doesn’t believe he is guilty. No video has been produced. That being said Ofc Ice will not face any internal discipline or criminal charges. Matter of fact one of his local supporters, Lunch Wyandotte, dropped him off a custom-made sandwich today because they felt like he wasn’t being fed enough. Side note, they threw the officers a tray of sammies too! The public has spoken."
Those advocating for K-9 Ice celebrated the canine being found innocent. After all who wouldn't stand in support of this lovely police dog?