Chestnut Street man accused of stealing cages of woodchucks he considered pets
Submitted by Howard Owens on June 27, 2011 - 10:47pm
A Chestnut Street resident is facing a petit larceny charge all because he reportedly didn't want to see some woodchucks that had been living in his yard taken away.
To Dale Edward Banfield, 50, of Batavia, the woodchucks were like pets.
To his landlord, they were pests who were destroying his property.
So the landlord hired a nuisance wildlife company to set traps and capture the little critters.
After they were captured and removed Saturday, Banfield drove out to the company's location in Corfu and asked for the woodchucks back.
The owner declined to return the woodchucks, so before leaving, Banfield allegedly grabbed the traps containing the woodchucks and left.
The traps were recovered, according to the Sheriff's Office, but the woodchucks are presumably off some where chucking wood.
No word on where the woodchucks might be, nor how many were trapped.
Banfield was charged with petit larceny and must appear in Town of Pembroke Court on July 12.
Deputy Ron Meides investigated the case of the woodchuck caper.