Officers from the Praedial Larceny Unit arrested a teenager at Marc, Bexon, on Saturday after a report that the youngster had stolen a goat.
The Coordinator of the unit, Pancras Albert, said the youngster was held after a male individual reported the theft of a white goat.
He told St Lucia Times that based on information, police officers, who were later joined by members of the Praedial Larceny Unit, stopped a vehicle which was carrying the animal.
Albert disclosed that the owner identified the animal as belonging to him, although the teenager had claimed ownership.
However Albert explained that because the real owner knew the teenager’s mother, he asked that the matter not be pursued and the fifteen year old was released after being arrested.
Videos have been posted on social media showing the youth in handcuffs at the back of a pickup vehicle.
He is shielding his face from the person doing the recording.
“Man, I can’t even eat a curry goat tonight,” an individual off camera remarks, before breaking into laughter.
In another video, the youngster declares that he did not steal the animal.
The Coordinator of the Praedial Larceny Unit told St Lucia Times that a second goat was also involved.
“The second goat, which is a black goat, was stolen from Monier, quarter of Gros Islet, the day before,” Albert revealed.
He said the same teenager was fingered in that incident.
Albert said the youngster took the police to Trois Piton and handed over the stolen animal.
He told St Lucia Times that the youngster was part of a group from Marchand involved in stealing animals.
According to Albert, in regard to the second theft, the owner also did not want to press charges.
Albert expressed frustration, saying that his unit expends time and resources in tracking down animal thieves, only to have people not pursue court action.
“We can’t force anybody to go to court,” he asserted.
But Albert felt that an example has to be made of criminals, especially since over the past few months the Praedial Larceny Unit has recovered numerous stolen animals, including horses, cows and goats.
He said officers of the unit were fortunate to recover the stolen goats because thieves usually slaughter the animals quickly.
Albert said the penalty for stealing an animal is $10,000 or three years imprisonment, or both.