The only thing stolen during a recent home invasion was the family dog, an East Wenatchee, Washington, couple told police.
According to a police department spokesman, the burglar broke into the couple's residence Saturday night, and was still inside the house when they returned.
"He was standing there with the refrigerator door open and feeding their dog some pudding," assistant police chief Dan Reierson said.
The suspect, later identified as 38-year-old Jason L. McDaniel, said he was searching for a man he wanted to kill, but was informed that his intended victim lived elsewhere.
After spending a short while longer sitting in the couple's rocking chair, the man made toward the door. However, before exiting, he called to the dog, who left with him.
McDaniel was later arrested but Buddy, the ironically named lab-pitbull mix, was not found at McDaniel's home.
East Wenatchee Police are asking for the public's assistance in finding the dog, who is described as black with "a white stripe down its chest." Tipsters can call (509) 884-9511.