SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -- Six teen have been arrested in connection to a burglary where over $27,000 worth of animal mounts were stolen.
The Spokane County Sheriff said a group of four young men got away with $27,050 worth of taxidermied animals. Authorities got a clue Monday night on where to find the thieves.
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. More arrests are expected as the investigation is ongoing.
Dave Drury is the owner of Knopp Taxidermy. His shop houses hundreds of taxidermied animals, pelts and a future museum he’s working to build.
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 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.
“They’d be extremely hard to move. Polar Bears you have to have federal paperwork with them so you couldn’t just sell them at a local pawn shop,” said Drury.