Four people fled
the sports-utility vehicle, but Gordy the goat was found lying
down with an orange electrical cord around his neck.
Police said Gordy had been abducted at Indian Mounds Park from a
herd of goats that had been rented by the St. Paul Parks and
Recreation department. Their job: To eat invasive plants on a
difficult-to-reach bluff along the Mississippi River.
It was the St. Paul Police Department's first known case of
goat-thieving, said spokesman Steve Linders. The motive is still
"I wish I knew," said Clare Cloyd, a spokeswoman from St. Paul
Parks and Recreation, which was only three days into its
experiment with the goat herd when the theft occurred.
Linders said two 29-year-old men were arrested on potential
charges of gross misdemeanor theft and fleeing police.
Gordy was returned unharmed to the park. Some of his herd had
escaped through a damaged fence and were rounded up, according
to park officials. Since then, a police Facebook post about the
incident has gotten an usual amount of attention with comments
like "stealing really gets my goat."
(Reporting by Chris Kenning; Editing by Andrew Hay)
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