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Man steals pet frog from attorney’s office and gives it to another lawyer as gift

By Mason White 12:51 PM September 4, 2017
Fernando Castro
Fernando Castro
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) A man who was looking for someone to represent him in a legal case, is now facing more charges after stealing a frog from an attorney.

Attorney Thomas Liotti of Long Island, New York, said that he received a South African tree frog from a client as a gift 22 years ago.

He and his staff members fed the frog and it became as “a mascot” to them.

However, one day, the office manager alerted Liotti that the frog had disappeared. Liotti searched all over the office for the glass bowl that held the frog named Owen, as they thought that someone might have moved it.

When he was unable to find Owen, Liotti reviewed surveillance videos and spotted the thief.

Liotti explained that Fernando Castro, 33, of North Long Beach, came into his office to discuss his legal case. Castro had another lawyer, but he was considering switching attorneys.

At some point, when Castro was alone in the waiting room at Liotti’s office, he stole the bowl with the frog and left.

Castro admitted that he took the frog. He said that he went back to his first lawyer’s office, where he handed the frog over to employees as a gift.

Liotti contacted that lawyer’s office. They told Liotti that they didn’t know what to make of the bizarre gift so they released the frog in a nearby creek.

After learning that he was not getting his longtime pet back, Liotti called police and Castro was arrested for petit larceny. His bail was set at $500.

The frog is valued at $900, but for Loitti and his staff members, the frog was part of their daily lives and they were all distraught over its disappearance.