In 1966, the FIFA World Cup was stolen from an exhibit at the Westminster Central Hall in London. This occurred only a few months before the games were to begin. Somehow, the thief dodged round the clock security and ignored other higher-valued items.
The next day, a ransom was demanded, but it turned out to be from someone unrelated to the crime with no knowledge of the trophy’s location.
The trail went cold for about a week before something quite unexpected happened. A mixed-breed dog named Pickles followed his nose to the trophy which was wrapped in paper near the wheel of his neighbor’s car.
With this discovery, Pickles hit it big time. He was invited to the World Cup banquet, issued a cash reward, awarded a medal by the National Canine Defense League, and even became a movie star. He appeared in the 1966 film The Spy with a Cold Nose. To this day, Pickles’s collar is still on display at the National Football Museum in Manchester.