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2 teens caught cramming 22 stolen sheep into small van

By Mason White 11:37 AM December 26, 2014
22 sheep crammed into small van 

By: Mahesh Sarin
Two teens were arrested on charges of theft after stealing 22 sheep and cramming them into a small van, police in New Zealand said.

The sheep were found in a Mitsubishi L300 van after police tracked the vehicle to a Rimu Street property when the driver acted suspiciously around 2:00 a.m. in Gisborne.

Senior Sergeant Maui Aben said that police were alerted to the van after a patrol car saw it make an illegal u-turn and then being driven erratically.

Police attempted to follow the vehicle, but lost sight of it. A quick search of the area led police to the Rimu Street property, and the van was found parked in the backyard.

Aben said that despite the 22 sheep being “packed in like sardines,” they seemed in good health and did not appear distressed.

They were taken into the care of the Gisborne District Council’s animal control unit. Two youths at the scene were arrested on charges of theft.

It was not known where the sheep were stolen from, but police were researching ear tag information on the sheep. Anyone who is missing sheep in the area, is asked to contact police.

The two youths, aged 16 and 17, will be brought before the Gisborne Youth Court, for bail hearings.