Suspect arrested for attempting to steal goats from Stafford farmer

by | Feb 19, 2020 | Police and Fire

The Stafford Sheriff’s Office says it received a call last Thursday at 10pm.  A farmer was holding the suspect in the middle of his field at gunpoint.   The farmer told authorities that the suspect was intoxicated and attempting to steal several goats. The suspect was slurring his words and initially provided false identification to the deputy. Shortly thereafter, the deputy determined the suspect’s name was 19 year old Cole Schrock of Clear Brook, VA.

The suspect also admitted that he was pretending to be intoxicated, which was confirmed by a preliminary breath test. The farmer then realized that the suspect had recently purchased a few goats from him and initially did not recognize him because his face was hidden under a hood. The suspect’s pickup truck was located nearby and there were three goats tied up next to it.

The farmer recounted that his wife had gone outside to check on their goats and discovered that they had been let out of their pen. She also believed there was a man hiding in the field. The farmer located the suspect and held him at gunpoint until deputies arrived.

The suspect was taken into custody and incarcerated at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bond on charges of larceny of animals, identity theft to avoid arrest, and unlawful entry with intent to commit larceny.

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