Two Florida teenagers were arrested for stealing and killing a family’s pet turkey after admitting they planned to eat it, WALA-TV reported on Wednesday.
19-year-old Joshua Anderson and 18-year-old Jacob Provo were charged with armed burglary, armed trespassing, cruelty to animals and theft of livestock for breaking into Brian and Christa Caponi’s 6-acre property in Gulf Breeze, Florida and using a bow and arrow to kill Tom, a 30-pound turkey the Caponis had owned for about a year.
The two young men were allegedly on their way to butcher the animal in preparation for Thanksgiving dinner when they were arrested. They are currently being held on $57,000 bail.
Brian Caponi told police he discovered Tom was missing after seeing a trail of blood and feathers on the ground Monday morning. He said security footage from the night before revealed two men — one grabbing Tom and the other running along the fence line of the property.
Tom was later found dead in the back of Provo’s pickup truck.
“It’s been a very rough two days,” Christa Caponi told the Pensacola News-Journal. “He was so friendly.”
[“Farm male turkey outdoor” by Geanina Bechea via Shutterstock]