Thanksgiving Theft: 12.5-Pound Bird Stolen, But Thieves Left The Beer

Ocala, FL – Florida is proving to be the most dangerous spot in the nation for turkeys this holiday season.

We just reported that a Florida family’s pet turkey was slaughtered for Thanksgiving dinner by their own neighbors. Now, an Ocala woman has called the Marion County Sheriff’s Department to report the theft of a 12.5-pound bird from her home.

According to NBC Miami, Joyce Romer called authorities to report the theft of her Thanksgiving turkey on Monday, saying that the thieves stole the 12.5-pound bird from a freezer in her garage.

“I asked (my husband) to go get the turkey so we could start thawing it out,” 70-year-old Romer told the Ocala Star-Banner. “He was gone for the longest time and finally he came in and asked, ‘Where’d you put the thing?’”

The couple went out together to check the freezer again, but couldn’t find any sign of the 12.5-pound bird they had purchased for Thanksgiving dinner.

“I guess somebody was hungry,” Romer said. “The odd thing is, they didn’t take any of the beer that was out there.”

Romer told officers that she wasn’t looking for a full-blown investigation into the turkey theft, she simply wanted it on record (presumably so the media could have a little fun with it). Not one to cry over spilled turkey, Romer says that she already bought another bird for Thanksgiving dinner.

“I got a fresh one this time,” Romer said, adding that she and her husband will be more vigilant this time around.