Teens that stole goat could face charges, theft no laughing matter

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The Johnson County District Attorney is deciding whether to file trespassing and theft charges against five teens that broke into Deanna Rose Farmstead in south Overland Park.

Police said the kidnapped goat was a victim of a teen prank, but the Farmstead and the federal agency USDA said it is no laughing matter.

Early Saturday morning, a McDonald’s restaurant manager reported to police the goat had been found there.

Deanna Rose Farmstead is wildly popular among families because - unlike a zoo - children can go into the cages and feed the animals.

But ease of access is one of the suspected reasons why teens were able to easily sneak in and steal the dark brown goat.

She was found unharmed.

This is not the first theft that really gets the farmstead's goat.

A goat named Latte was stolen in 2011 and never returned.

Last year, pranksters stole another one, and she was found at one of the Blue Valley High Schools.

But the Farmstead has said they consider the pranks serious problems.

“It's not yours, it's a crime,” Virgil Miles, Deanna Rose Farmstead supervisor, said.

It's a crime the USDA said on Monday it would review.

USDA conducts yearly inspections on licensed facilities.

41 Action News checked and found Deanna Rose Farmstead has had no USDA compliance problems during the last three years.

However, when an animal is stolen, the USDA confirms that's enough evidence to ask more questions in the upcoming days about the safety and security of the animals.

"If there's any changes needed, I'm sure we will adjust them," Miles said.  

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