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Rescue dog alerts owner to burglary

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The barking dog woke up the owner, who saw men in her driveway. (Source: KUSA/CNN) The barking dog woke up the owner, who saw men in her driveway. (Source: KUSA/CNN)

BOULDER, CO (KUSA/CNN) - Police dealt with several thefts in the neighborhood but never figured out who was behind them until last week.

Sometimes a good tip leads to an arrest. The tipster was a dog named Squid, who helped stop a burglary in the middle of the night by waking up his owners.

"Middle of the night, about 3, 3:30 in the morning. And Squid just sits up in his bed, started to growl, and that's pretty unusual for him to do that," Tina Fuller said.

Because of Squid, Fuller looked out her window and saw two men in her driveway.

"It was classic, like all black, bags over their shoulders, flashlights,” she said. “It was pretty clear."

She called 911, and police caught one suspect, 22-year-old Thomas Frampton.

"Marshal and I are just super happy. With Squidy, we feel super lucky," Fuller said.

Squid had recently been rescued from Kansas.

"They told us he'd been tied up for three years. He didn't have any hair around this part of his neck. It was just worn raw," she said.

Squid was a different dog when Fuller and her boyfriend first brought the weimaraner-pointer mix home in February.

"Tail between his legs,” she said. “You know, he was very shy."

Thwarting car burglars marks a drastic transformation for Squid, one that leaves the neighborhood a little safer.

His owners are happy "just for him to be a protector and feel at home enough that this is his place now. That's really good," Fuller said.

Police said one suspect got away on a bike and still hasn't been caught. Fuller retrieved some stolen items from police, so did a few neighbors.

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