Authorities have recovered seven goats that were stolen amid a rash of goat thefts in California’s agricultural San Joaquin Valley.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office found the goats Monday and arrested the owner of the property where they were stored.
Sgt. Rob Dutrow told KMPH-TV that goats are easy to steal because they’re docile and rarely branded like cows. He said they can be worth anywhere from $150 to several thousand dollars.
The sheriff’s agricultural task force says there have been seven reports of goat thefts between Jan. 9 and March 7.
Five of the seven goats that were found Monday belonged to members of the Kingsburg 4-H club, which had 11 goats stolen earlier this month.
Four others belonging to club members already had been found roaming a roadway.