Authorities: Virginia farmer holds goat thief at gunpoint

Posted at 10:37 AM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 10:41:04-05

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- A sheriff's office in Virginia says a property owner held a suspect accused of stealing goats from his farm at gunpoint until authorities arrived.

A Stafford County Sheriff’s spokeswoman confirmed deputies responded to a call Friday from the farmer, who said he was holding a thief in the middle of a field on his land.

The farmer told deputies his wife discovered their goats had been let out of their pen that night and he found the suspect hiding in his field.

The farmer located the suspect and held him at gunpoint until deputies arrived.

The sheriff's office says the 19-year-old suspect had three goats tied up next to his truck.

“The suspect was slurring his words and initially provided false identification to the deputy. Shortly thereafter, the deputy determined the suspect’s name was Cole Schrock, 19, of Clear Brook, VA,” said the spokesperson. “The suspect also admitted that he was pretending to be intoxicated, which was confirmed by a preliminary breath test."

Schrock was charged with larceny of animals, identity theft to avoid arrest, and unlawful entry with intent to commit larceny.

He is being held at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond.

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