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Bizarre Break-In: Dogs at Kennel Get an Unexpected Guest

Employees of the San Francisco facility arrived for work and found a burglar partying with the pups.

Jeff Goldberg  |  Jan 8th 2015

As cat burglars go, this guy has gone to the dogs. Employees at K9 Playtime boarding and daycare facility in San Francisco got quite a surprise when they arrived for work last Friday morning.

Inside, they discovered 59-year-old Michael Grunwald, who had broken into the kennel in the middle of the night. But apparently all this scofflaw had gotten around to taking was the opportunity to party with some pups.

Grunwald, who was also apprehended filling a “doggie bag” of toys and food, let a number of boarded pups out of their cages, and showered them with treats and toys. The surveillance video aired by local station KPIX-5 shows pups wandering the store as he does his thing.


The startled employees used a stun gun to subdue Grunwald, who was charged with commercial burglary. In addition to the attempted burglary, he allegedly threw a store display “at a computer screen,” vandalizing the retail area. But Grunwald apparently supplied a reason for his actions.

According to the San Francisco Examiner, “Before police arrived, [K9 Playtime owner Marc] Pearl had a chance to have a few words with the suspect, who reportedly told him he was a federal agent and that he was in the store on federal business. He also told Pearl that he saw someone else break in to the business and that he was only trying to help catch that suspect.”

Thankfully, no animals were harmed in the making of this apparent episode of World’s Dumbest Criminals.

Via KPIX-5 and the San Francisco Examiner

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About the author: Jeff Goldberg is a freelance writer in Quincy, Mass. A former editor for and sportswriter for the Hartford Courant who covered the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team (Huskies!) and the Boston Red Sox, Jeff has authored two books on the UConn women: Bird at the Buzzer (2011) and Unrivaled (2015). He lives with his wife, Susan, and their rescue pup, Rocky, an Italian Greyhuahua/Jack Russell mix from a foster home in Tennessee, hence the name Rocky (as in Rocky Top).