LONDON (AP) — A former birdkeeper who stole a pair of penguins from a British zoo and bought them on Fb was sentenced Friday to 32 months in jail.
Bradley Tomes, 25, was sentenced by a choose at Preston Crown Courtroom for taking Humboldt penguins Pablo and Penny from Lakes Safari Zoo in northwest England, the place he had beforehand labored within the aviary.
Prosecutors stated Tomes broke into the zoo twice in 2018, stealing the penguins and quite a few different birds together with spoonbills, egrets and macaws.
He was arrested after an animal collector who had purchased the penguins for 9,000 kilos ($11,600) contacted a veterinarian as a result of the animals had been ill. He additionally reported the incident to police, regardless of the pleas of Tomes, who provided to offer his a reimbursement. When Tomes went to the client’s home with the refund, he was arrested by ready law enforcement officials.
Wendy Evans of the Crown Prosecution Service stated Tomes “confirmed utter disregard to the wellbeing of the birds he stole from his earlier employer for his personal monetary acquire.”
“In police interview he denied committing the offences, however as soon as confronted with the overwhelming proof towards him, he pleaded responsible,” she stated.