Workers charged over antler theft
Published 03/05/2011 | 14:08
Two exhibition workers have been charged by US police over the theft of two massive sets of elk antlers following the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Pittsburgh.
Investigators said 46-year-old Gary Felts and 44-year-old Stephen Lee took the antlers on Sunday night while a vendor at the convention centre waited to load a truck. Police said the vendor reported the theft and the men were detained on a pavement outside with the antlers, valued at more than 500,000 US dollars (£303,000).
Felts, of Joppa, Maryland, and Lee, of Cumberland, Maryland, were charged with theft and conspiracy and released on 5,000 dollars (£3,000) bail. Phone listings for both men are disconnected. Police said they work for a Maryland-based expo company.
The antlers were returned to the Rexburg, Idaho-based exhibitor.