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Police: Dog’s curiosity leads to man’s robbery arrest

VERONA, Va. — A family dog is credited for discovering an envelope filled with stolen cash that led to the arrest of a Verona man.

The News-Leader reports 20-year-old Derek Shifflett turned himself in Monday night and was charged with robbery.

Augusta County sheriff’s Sgt. David Lotts says Shifflett is suspected of posting a bogus car sales ad on Craiglist. After meeting with a prospective buyer on Monday, Shifflett allegedly took an envelope containing $12,000 in cash from the man’s coat pocket and fled.

Lotts says a woman whose son is friends with Shifflett called police after her dog found the envelope underneath a bed and began playing with it.

It wasn’t immediately known whether Shifflett had a lawyer. An Augusta County Jail shift commander was unavailable for comment Tuesday night.

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