Thieves who robbed a dairy then a liquor store had their party plans scuppered after a police dog sniffed them out within minutes tonight.
A witness reported seeing one of the men punch the owner of Wellington's Naenae Four Square on Hillary Court, then take off carrying goods from the shop about 7.45pm.
Shortly afterwards a second theft was reported just around the corner at the Treadwell Liquor store on Treadwell St.
Inspector Chris Tate said the men left carrying boxes of beer or wine.
When officers arrived, a police dog was able to pick up the trail and tracked two offenders to where they were hiding at some nearby tennis courts.
"The dog got the first one there, then he tracked the second one to where he was hiding on the roof of the Resene paint shop," Tate said.
"He managed to get both within minutes. It was a good job."
The pair will now be charged with robbery and theft.
Tate said the police dog was likely to get an extra piece of steak for dinner.
- Fairfax Media