Region II – Southside
Turkey Caper... On April 18, Conservation Police Officer Matt Sandy received a call from a concerned citizen. He informed Officer Sandy that while hunting he had come across an individual that he believed had killed over his limit of turkey. Officer Sandy located the suspect's residence, walked in from an adjacent property, and set up surveillance in the woods and watched the suspect as he was cleaning the turkeys. After watching for a while, Officer Sandy approached the suspect and confronted him about the three turkeys that were on the tailgate of his truck. Officer Sandy also found that the suspect had not notched any tags for the turkeys and had not checked any of them in. Sandy then went to the location where the suspect had been hunting that morning and was able to determine that the suspect had trespassed on two different pieces of posted property while hunting. Officer Sandy also secured evidence in the form of a hat camera video. In the video you could hear a person calling a turkey, then a shot, the calling starts back and approximately 9 minutes later a second shot. Once again the calling starts, and the last shot was approximately 5 minutes later. The video then shows the suspect with two birds on the ground and one stuffed in a pouch on his back. Numerous magistrate summons were issued to the suspect for these offenses.
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