Crime Stoppers - Cornering the Compact-Car Cow Hustler
AlexandraSmith is the little girl who wrote a letter to the Editorial section of the Stanstead Journal last week beseeching the thief who stole her grandfather’s calf, Rocky, to please return him. She identified the tag number in hopes that someone would be able to help locate him. I spoke with the family recently and the calf has not been returned.
This is a story that makes me laugh, because I feel a bit sorry for the thief in this particular case. I don’t think he knows who he is up against. Alexandra is a cute little girl with a huge, dimpled smile and a sweet nature. That being said, she loves her calves and expressed her unwavering determination to find Rocky. She is now offering a financial reward, $5 of her own money, for information leading to the thief’s identity or the return of Rocky. Given the amount of talk her editorial has elicited, and the crime details that are now coming to light as a result, I suspect she will succeed.
Alexandra snuggles Olivia.
The humorous aspects of this story are abundant, but may also help people identify the thief. The editorial letter has ultimately led to the uncovering of a series of bizarre thefts that portray a thief who seems so daft he may be brilliant, but he is unarguably resourceful and ridiculous.
The calf in question was stolen at approximately 10:15 PM. The barn was checked shortly before the thief entered the barn and stole Rocky. Mrs. Smith heard a car pulling away shortly after returning to the house. Not long after she heard a calf bawling on the front lawn so she went to investigate and discovered the barn lights on, the barn door wide open, a bawling mother cow, and her baby, Rocky, missing.
The police were called at this point and it was discovered that the calf was stolen in a small model car. Not a pickup, or even an SUV, but a car. Also missing was a bucket of feed. In his unquestionable wisdom, the thief anticipated the calf may be hesitant to blithely clamour into the backseat of a small vehicle and may require coaxing. So he grabbed some feed with which to lure the unsuspecting baby into the car. He failed to consider this calf had never eaten feed and was not yet weaned from its’ mother. But he stole Rocky anyway.
Mr. Smith contacted many neighbours the following day only to discover there were other thefts the previous night. A second nearby farm had calves stolen while a third was robbed of $200 worth of feed, gas, and a compressor hose. He had Farm entrance where Rocky was stolen. moved his calves out of his barn two days earlier so did not have any stolen. One of the farms that was robbed also identified a car leaving their driveway at approximately 9:00 p.m. that night. Police were able to identify clear tire tracks left by the vehicle.
Once in a while you find people that, despite their ineptitude, still seem to succeed, at least in the short term. The party responsible for these thefts does not have the requisite resources for the efficient theft and maintenance of ‘hot calves’, so transporting such an obviously unorthodox commodity in the backseat of a car really ought to elicit attention. One would hope, anyway. And if it did, witnesses are asked to contact police.
We have a young girl who has unwittingly created a local Crime Stoppers. We have this child asking the public to please identify a calf rustler whose getaway vehicle is a family car, and who either has no knowledge of, or concern, for the basic care of calves, but steals them anyway.
We also have a series of hardworking local farmers whose livestock is being stolen and a thief who seems to be getting away with it, despite his best efforts to stand out like a sore thumb during the execution of his crimes.
So, the question is, what are people going to do about it? A kid is offering chore money as a reward purse, someone has to have seen something suspicious, and the stolen calves may actually be endangered. I would be curious to see how many citizens would be willing to throw $10 into the reward pot in order to help Alexandra flush out her criminal. I will offer the first $10 to the reward purse, bringing it to $15, and challenge everyone else to do likewise.
In conclusion, I think this thief should do at least one smart thing and return Rocky, otherwise this story could get even more interesting. As a matter of fact, I am counting on it.