An unusual crime wave is sweeping through Fresno County, California: More than 60 goats — valued at roughly $27,000 — have gone missing in the last two months.
There have been seven cases of goat theft since Jan. 7 in an area spanning less than 20 miles, from Easton to Riverdale. Investigators think the thieves are making their move at night, when they’re not likely to be spotted, and rounding up the animals in trucks, said Fresno County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Botti.
The Central Valley typically sees a few livestock thefts each year, Botti said, but 61 animals in two months is highly unusual.
“There’s definitely a trend here, and it’s ticking up,” he said. “A lot of the time, these Perpetrators are using the cover of darkness to pull this off. They can pull up and get through the fence and load them up and go without being seen.”
Four of the stolen goats were recovered Sunday. They were found loose on a local road. The Owner said she suspected the animals had been dumped or gotten out from where they were being kept on Friday. She said the goats were unwell and that she planned to quarantine them for a time. But seven of her goats are still missing.
Word is leaking out from investigation circles that the found goats "showed signs of sexual abuse and that samples recovered from several goats found human DNA in fluids recovered from the exam."
Gee, I wonder who would rape a goat?
Ahhhhhh "Diversity." Don't ya just love it?