Only in Florida….
Gulf Breeze, Florida (PNJ) — Tom the turkey had lived happily on Brian and Christa Caponi’s 6-acre spread in Gulf Breeze for the past year along with their menagerie of cats, goats, a dog, chickens and roosters.
He was special among their 50 or so animals, Christa said.
“He was a family pet,” she said. “It was like having a normal family dog.”
But when her husband got up early Monday morning to feed the animals, the 30-pound Tom was missing.
He soon discovered a trail of blood and feathers and feared the worst.
Then, upon looking at a recording from a security camera on the property, he saw one man stealing Tom and another running along the fence line.
Monday, two Santa Rosa County men, one of them a neighbor, were charged with stealing the bird and using a bow and arrow to kill it.
Santa Rosa County sheriff’s deputies arrested Joshua W. Anderson, 19, and Jacob H. Provo, 18, who live near the Caponis. They are charged with armed burglary, armed trespassing, theft of livestock and animal cruelty.
They admitted that they planned to eat Tom for Thanksgiving and were on the way to butcher it when they were arrested.
They’re probably Obama voters who thought they’d be getting a free Obamaturkey this year…