Jeff Smith 1:30 p.m., May 2
Grand Theft Goat
23 year-old Bryce Zubicki of Temecula has been sentenced to three years’ probation and a six month suspended jail term related to the June 2011 attempted theft of two goats from Fallbrook High School’s agricultural department, Valley News is reporting.
Law enforcement officials say Zubicki duct taped the legs and muzzles of the goats early on the morning of June 15, 2011, the last day of school. He was discovered during the theft by a security guard around 5 a.m. and chased off. By the time the guard was able to attend to the goats, one had died from suffocation as a result of the tape.
Authorities believe alcohol may have been involved in the incident. It took over a year to link Zubicki to the crime via DNA evidence – he was arrested in July and pleaded guilty to grand theft in the Vista courthouse last month.
Zubicki has been ordered to stay away from Fallbrook High, and is not allowed to possess any animals for the duration of his probation.