This Week in Weird, Sept. 4

Police say search dog found stolen meat in man's pants

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- A police dog lost the trail of an armed robbery suspect Friday night because police said it was drawn to the scent of stolen raw meat stuffed in a homeless man's pants.

Edward J. Brown, 48, was arrested at 10:23 p.m. after he admitted he had just stolen the meat from Super Stop & Shop, police spokesman Lt. Paul Shastany said.

Police were investigating an armed robbery at a Framingham Shell station and had called in a scent-tracking dog from the state police.

Brown was charged with receiving stolen property worth less than $250 and disorderly conduct. Brown pleaded not guilty at his Framingham District Court arraignment Monday and he was released without bail. He is due back in court on Sept. 16 for a pretrial conference.

The suspect in the Shell holdup, meanwhile, has not been found.

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