A couple who shouted at police for smashing their car window to save two dogs from the sweltering heat were filmed allegedly stealing from a nearby cafe on the same day.
The police are investigating the alleged theft, and have already cautioned the pair about their dogs, according to statements.
Both incidents took place on Saturday afternoon in Brighton, as temperatures soared across the UK.
Mobile phone footage shows an officer first attempting to break the window of a car with his baton, before punching holes in it with a specialist device.
The footage shows two dogs in a cage in the boot of the car, as bystanders gather around.
Once the window was smashed, a member of the public reportedly gave the police a bottle of water to give to the dogs.
The couple, who have not been identified, reportedly shouted at police as they saw that their window was broken, though a statement from Sussex Police said the pair were given “strong words”.
A spokesman for Sussex Police said: 'We were called about two dogs left locked inside a car in the heat of the day Saturday on Madeira Drive, Brighton.
'Police officers attended and tried to get a contact number for the owners of the car but were unable.
'Officers had no choice but to smash the side window to gain access and a kind member of the public donated a bottle of water.
'The owners were given strong words of advice on returning to the car a short time later.
'The dogs, who were much improved after fresh air and water, were left with the owners.
'Dog owners should never leave a dog alone in a car on a warm day. If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, dial 999.'
‘Name and shame’
Footage has also emerged of what appears to be the same couple earlier that day, stealing from a nearby cafe, according to the Daily Mail.
It is alleged that the couple stole food and drinks from the fridges, fraudulently complained to get refunds for two breakfast meals, and pocketed money from the tip-jar.
The owner of Carats Cafe Bar in Southwick posted a CCTV recording of the incident on Facebook.
Alongside the video, which shows a woman reaching over the counter and seemingly taking money from a mug which is being used as a tip jar, they wrote: “Carats would like to name and shame this family for not only taking all the money from our staff tip box along with not pay(sic) for their food.
“A valuable lesson learned by our wonderful staff, that there are some unpleasant people around.”
A spokesman for Sussex Police said: "Police are investigating after a man and a woman went into Carats Cafe in Basin Road South, Southwick, on Saturday (12 June) at about 11.39am and stole money from the staff tip jar worth about £30.
"The suspects also stole cakes and drinks from the front counter while distracting staff.
"Anyone who witnessed the theft or has any information about the suspects is asked to report online or ring 101."
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