Some of the missing goats stolen from a Fresno County home Thursday night have been found, according to the mother of the Kingsburg 4-H students the herd belonged to.
The goats were found abandoned by Clarkson and Chestnut avenues and were returned by Saturday evening. Kristy Picquette said seven are still missing and that she has been checking out numerous auctions in the area for them.
The goats’ disappearance was discovered Thursday night when Craig Freitas — who was caring for and housing the goats — went out to milk them. After he couldn’t find them, he found part of the pen cut with bolt cutters. He lost two goats in the theft as well.
Dillen and TJ Picquette were raising the goats for Kingsburg 4-H. While most raise livestock just for fairs, the brothers were raising them year-round. Eventually, they were going to sell them to other 4-H members to start saving up for college.
Tony Botti, spokesman with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, said this is the 7th case of goat theft between Easton and Caruthers since Jan. 9. In total, there’s been $30,000 in losses.
There are no leads in any of the cases.
“A lot of the times these suspects are using the cover of darkness to pull this off. You can imagine how difficult it is for us to track down who is responsible,” Botti said.
Kristy Picquette is still asking for the public’s help to find the rest of the goats. In the gallery below, you’ll see what they look like. The Picquette family is offering up a $1,000 reward to help find these thieves.
You can contact Kristy Picquette by calling 559-355-9158 for more information.