SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -- The Sherriff’s Office said another suspect turned himself in to authorities in connection with a burglary where over $27,000 worth of animal mounts were stolen.
The juvenile male was booked on charges of 2nd Degree Burglary Thursday. Investigators expected more arrests to be forthcoming.
Multiple arrests had already been made for the burglary at Knopp Taxidermy. Four young men were arrested and charged with second degree burglary on Monday. Two more arrests were made Wednesday. A juvenile male and female were also arrested for 2nd degree burglary.
Authorities said Monday night the kids broke into the shop and stole large taxidermy animals including a polar bear, wolf, monkey, raccoon, zebra calf and a wild pig.
“Well it upsets you. We have a lot of labor and time in these creations. To see them up and vanish it’s a little disturbing,” said Knopp owner Dave Drury.
The Sheriff’s Office said before the break-in a deputy saw a group of teens hanging out in a nearby parking lot and told them to leave. After the incident, the deputy got the call from Knopp Taxidermy.
The deputy took off before he even took a report. The deputy was able to find all of the missing animals. Some of the animals were found in nearby brush and some a few miles north in a neighborhood.
The deputy also located the teens.
Drury said he is not sure why someone would steal these animals. He says some of those animals cannot be resold.