Accused antler thief locks horns with court

Posted: Monday, May 09, 2005

A 22-year-old Soldotna man was arraigned last week in Kenai District Court on second-degree burglary and first-degree theft charges in connection with the theft of nearly $70,000 in moose, caribou and elk antlers.

Jeremiah Judy was formally charged with burglarizing a Soldotna residence and removing pickup truckloads of antlers from a 40-foot Conex container where they were being stored.

Soldotna police arrested Judy on Tuesday after residents in the Brooks Avenue neighborhood where the burglary took place reported having seen the antlers being carted off.

The victim of the antler heist had been away for four months working on his commercial fishing boat in Cordova.

A friend noticed the door of the Conex van open May 1 and much of its contents missing. The owner was contacted and he came to Soldotna on Monday and called police.

After questioning Judy, Soldotna Police Sgt. Tod McGillivray was able to recover about one-fourth of the stolen antlers from area carvers and gift shops.

McGillivray said he expects to recover more antlers as the investigation continues.

Judy is being held at Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

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