Dog is caught on camera snaffling cupcakes off a kitchen counter

Dog is caught on camera snaffling cupcakes off a kitchen counter

July 1, 2020

‘Criminal genius’ dog is caught on camera snaffling cupcakes off a kitchen counter – after stealing more than 15 cakes during owner’s lockdown baking blitz

  • Kara Probin, 25, from Wrexham, North Wales, secretly filmed her pointer River 
  • The dog sniffs out three cupcakes sat on a wooden counter and steals them
  • River grabs the nearest cake with her right paw before going for a second cake 

A ‘criminal genius’ dog was caught red-handed stealing cakes from a kitchen counter after checking to see if the coast was clear. 

Kara Probin, 25, from Wrexham, North Wales, decided to set up a hidden camera in her kitchen after more than 15 cakes that she had baked during the coronavirus lockdown vanished. 

After leaving the lens pointed at three cupcakes on her wooden counter, the mother-of-one, who has been baking at home with her civil engineer partner Owen Davies, 26, saw her hungry pointer River steal the baked goods and scarper. 

Three-year-old River is caught red-handed stealing cakes from the kitchen counter in Wrexham, North Wales

The hungry pointer tries to grab hold of the one of the baked goods before it topples over the worktop

Owner Kara Probin (pictured with her dog River), 25, from Wrexham, North Wales, decided to set up a hidden camera after more than 15 cakes went missing amid the coronavirus lockdown

During the footage, which was captured on June 29, the three-year-old dog sniffs out the tasty treats and tries to reach one using her paw. 

Having checked the coast is clear, River drops out of sight before reappearing and grabbing the nearest cake with her right paw and dragging it to the floor.

Seconds later, the hungry hound reappears and snaffles another cupcake in her jaws before scarpering out of shot and leaving the final cake on its side.

Ms Probin, who is mother to five-week-old Bobi Davies, was stunned when she found out who the culprit was. 

She said: ‘I’ve no idea how she managed to get the cake and leave it upright. She must be a criminal genius.’

Ms Probin, who initially thought her other pointer Winnie had been stealing the cakes, added: ‘I was shocked when I checked the camera and I saw it was River, I thought it was our other pointer Winnie as she is the greedy one.

‘We’ve been baking all the way through lockdown and every time we left cake on the side, it would go missing.

‘I decided to catch them in action and it turned out it was River. She must have had 15 over the last few months – all different flavours and sizes. There’s been slices and cupcakes gone.

‘At one point we left a slice in a bowl at the back of the kitchen counter thinking ”there’s no way either of them can get that”. 


After checking the coast is clear, the canine takes a second cupcake (left) and leaves the final cake on its side (right)

Ms Probin, who has been baking at home with her civil engineer partner Owen Davies (pictured together), 26, decided to set up the secret camera after noticing that her cakes were vanishing

Ms Probin said the cupcakes River stole were made from the left over mixture from her third birthday cake. Pictured; River poses next to her birthday cake

‘We came back and lo and behold the bowl was still on the counter, but it was empty. It was completely upright.’ 

Ms Probin explained that the cupcakes had been made from leftover cake mixture used to make River’s third birthday cake.

She continued: ‘I had baked River a cake for her third birthday at the weekend and these cupcakes were just made from what was left over. Obviously she’d decided she hadn’t had enough. ‘ 

Of her dogs, she said: ‘They’re relatively small for their breed and River is the smallest, so she has to get on her back legs to reach up.

‘It’s always Winnie who has looked guilty, never River, so she has just taken the blame.

‘River will jump at the table when you’re eating but she has never stolen food. Winnie used to snatch food when she was younger, but never River. She’s not normally like that.’     

Pictured: A bite taken by River from another cake Ms Probin had baked amid the coronavirus lockdown

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