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Three charged with stealing, dragging giant chicken statue behind truck

Deputies say a trio stole a 600 pound chicken from a roadside stand and rode it down the street as it was towed behind a truck. (Google Street View, 2013)
Deputies say a trio stole a 600 pound chicken from a roadside stand and rode it down the street as it was towed behind a truck. (Google Street View, 2013)
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Updated: 7/05/2013 8:34 pm
PALATKA, Fla. -- Deputies in Palatka arrested three people for stealing a giant purple chicken statue.

The 9-foot tall aluminum statue was taken from a home on East State Road 100 on Tuesday morning.

The homeowner said while getting ready for work, he heard a lot of screaming and hollering coming from behind his house.

He went out back to see the 600-pound chicken being dragged behind a truck. The thieves only made it to the end of the road where they unhitched the chicken statue and drove off.

Police arrested the three people based on eyewitness accounts and surveillance video of the property.

The trio, identified as Darrin Edwards, Tyler Jones and James Smith, were located the following day. Edwards, who is currently on probation, admitted to the offense and was arrested and charged with violation of probation and grand theft. Edwards is currently being held in the Putnam County Jail without bond.

Jones and Smith also confessed to the incident and they were arrested and charged with one count of grand theft. Jones and Smith were each booked and released on a $1,004 bond.

"The chicken is valued at $2300.00 and sustained a broken leg, broken claw and there was extensive damage to one side," said Detective Shannon Depew.
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Realchange - 7/7/2013 2:19 PM
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Felony grand theft is trumped up charges. Criminal mischief with vandalism is the charges in this case. Do you serious think if they wanted to steal the damn thing they would drug it behind the vech while one them rode it like bull? Yes they need to make restitution to the man who owned it, but as far as felony charges that's bunk. I would like to know who made that decision, about felony charges, was it the sheriff's office or state prosecutor? Who is his/her name. Triumphing up charges higher than the crime committed is bad. It leads to unjust punishment. Yes these guys have been in trouble before, but don't beef up their charges for doing something stupid probably while drunk. Reminds me of Fla charging a poacher with felony of $12,000 deer from a hunting preserve then 2 weeks later telling a poor man and woman that Fla law prohibits the owning of any native deer species. What attorney that takes the bar in good faith allows this kind of justice?

Gunny48 - 7/6/2013 4:50 PM
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Bet someone said "chicken!"...and they were off...LOL

wishmistress - 7/5/2013 11:51 PM
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Yeeeeehaw! Who needs tv when we have such an abundance of local talent?

nativejax - 7/5/2013 6:45 PM
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" Why did the giant chicken get dragged down the road?" To prove there ARE SOME that are STUPIDER then a chicken.

c9bcrewman - 7/5/2013 5:20 PM
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drag them behind a truck. lol
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