Cheetahs, zebras and stuffed lions found in bizarre E. Feliciana
EAST FELICIANA, La. (WAFB) – Deputies have recovered ingredients from an exotic zoo as part of their ongoing investigation into the burglary of a dead man’s home in East Feliciana Parish.
Two lions, a zebra, a cheetah and other animals that had been kept by a taxidermist were found in a storage unit near Essen Lane in Baton Rouge on Thursday morning, the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff said. , Jeff Travis.
The recovery of the items comes a day after investigators recovered dozens of other stolen items including vehicles, firearms, utility trailers, a dirt bike and more from a Government Street home in Baton Rouge.
“I really think these days we all have to watch, you know, camera systems, things like that, are so critical now, and you know nobody’s really exempt,” Travis adds.
Travis says all of the items once belonged to a Jackson, Louisiana man who died several years ago. Some of the items were stolen from the man’s still unoccupied home, while others were stolen from nearly a dozen buildings on the same 100-acre property in East Feliciana Parish.
Deputies say they arrested Timothy Tyler, 46, of Baton Rouge, and Jennifer Doiron, 46, of Denham Springs when the two returned to Jackson’s home on Wednesday morning. Deputies had staked out this house after learning that items had been stolen from it.
Sheriff Travis said the two suspects were cooperating with investigators and led deputies to the stolen items. “Sometimes these property crimes are very difficult to solve, but they really felt like they were going to get it because they thought they would come back, and they did.”
Tyler is charged with 88 counts of theft of a firearm, simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling, unlawful possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of stolen property and theft of a motor vehicle. .
Doiron is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of stolen property, criminal trespassing, attempted theft over $1,500 and simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.
Sheriff Travis says more arrests are expected.
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