A former police dog put his training to good use by acting as a vigilante when his owner was pick-pocketed.
German Shepherd Sam tracked down his owner's purse after it was stolen while she was out on a shopping trip.
Tracy Thompson let her daughter Jenny take Sam out to put his tracking skills to the test and was amazed at the dog's ability.
Jenny Thompson told thisisstaffordshire.co.uk: "I just told him to search and instantly he knew what to do.
"We were searching a big area and the grass was up to my knees when he suddenly Sam lay down. When I looked he had a bank card between his front paws with my mother's name on."
Over the next two hours, Sam continued his search and managed to find Ms Thompson's purse, one of the photographs she had inside it, vouchers and receipts.
A spokesperson for Staffordshire police said a 26-year-old woman had been arrested in connection with the theft and that inquiries into the incident are continuing.