The Culprit Has Been Apprehended!
He is demanding a retrial, and claiming all the evidence is circumstantial, but a jury of his peers (Cricket and Sheba) have convicted Luke of what is now being referred to by the media as “The Great Carrot Caper”. With Judge Momz presiding, the girls presented their evidence:
Exhibit B: Luke has been practicing counter surfing ever since he was a puppy and couldn’t even reach the counter yet!
Exhibit C: That bed in front of the woodstove is the scene of some of his other vegetable-related past crimes.
Luke chose to represent himself in spite of having a well-respected Blogville attorney recommended to him. His defense consisted mostly of trying to cast aspersions on his fellow suspects. He insists that if we had that video surveillance camera that Emma told us about, he could be cleared. Good story, but we doubt that.
We thought the beagle would be ruled out completely because of her small size. However, Luke was quick to pick up on this clever reader’s comment: Pamela pointed out that in spite of the fact that the stolen item was healthy (Luke is known for his good eating habits): “Of course, there is that viral video of the beagle climbing up on the counter to get herself a snack. So who knows?” But it’s pretty well known around here that Cricket sticks her nose up at any fresh fruits or vegetables.
Only two readers suggested it might be Sheba (she IS the tallest, and that innocent look IS meant to fool you…but not this time), and two others thought it was Cricket (everyone else either chose not to get involved or felt it might have been a joint effort).
Jackie felt that Luke looked guilty, as well as having motive and access. “Did he have a decent alibi?” she asked. No, he did not. He was found just standing in the kitchen after all, and no one can verify that he was anywhere else but there. Plus, after the crime scene photos were taken, he went back in and ate the evidence.
A total of 9 out of 22 readers felt Luke was the guilty party. But M.K. hit the nail on the head: “I hate to rat Luke out, but doesn’t he dig up carrots? Call a lawyer Luke, because I think you have trouble! BOL!” Good memory, M.K!
Luke has yet to be sentenced, but word is that Judge Momz is pretty lenient, so he will probably be getting off easy. There may be some rehabilitation in his future, however. By the way, does anyone have any recommendations for breaking a dog of his bad counter surfing habits? Other than the obvious one of training the humans to stop leaving things within his reach?
Thanks to everyone that played along!