Cops: Mom, Son Stole (Lots of) Gopher Feet
They can add up to big bucks in Minnesota
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2013 2:11 PM CDT
Watch those feet, pal.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – This isn't just a story about the theft of gopher feet in Minnesota—it's a story about the felony theft of gopher feet in Minnesota. As KAAL-TV reports, a mother and son have been charged with stealing hundreds of pairs from the garage of a trapper in Harmony. It's felony status because local townships pay about $3 per pair in the name of varmint control. Police checked around "to determine if anybody had turned in a large about of gopher feet, and it was discovered that Harmony Township had received many, many gopher feet," says the Fillmore County attorney.

As in, about 1,400 pairs for a payday north of $4,000. Tina Marie Garrison, 37, has pleaded not guilty, and her 18-year-old son, Junior Lee Dillon, is still awaiting his hearing, reports the Rochester Post-Bulletin. They face five years in jail if convicted. "I’m afraid I'm going to have to put a lock on the freezer, maybe," says the trapper.

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Jun 21, 2013 7:58 AM CDT
YankeeJane, Perhaps you own a Horse, when your horse steps in a Gopher Hole and breaks a leg and has to be "put down", would you change your tune about a $3 gopher, or a $3000 horse or even a child running in a field and does the same thing with a $3000 Doctors bill to reset the leg. Farmers pay me to take out Groundhogs for the same reason with Cattle. Just because their cute don't mean they aren't harmless or destructive.
Jun 20, 2013 4:35 PM CDT
Should have taken the trapper's feet instead. My opinion only - can't stand trappers. Brutal.
Jun 20, 2013 9:46 AM CDT
this is your america folks! cute lol though!