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Stafford Alert

Suspect Arrested for Attempting to Steal Goats from Local Farmer
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By Public Information Officer Amanda Vicinanzo
February 19, 2020

Stafford, VA. A suspect was arrested last week by deputies with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office for attempting to steal goats after a farmer observed a suspicious person on his property.

On February 14, 2020, at approximately 9:53 p.m., Deputy Forman responded to a residence on the 700 block of Leeland Road. The 9-1-1 Call Center advised him that a farmer was holding the suspect at gunpoint in the middle of his field.

Upon arrival, the deputy made contact with the farmer and the suspect. The farmer told the deputy 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 Cole Schrock, 19, 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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