Alleged guinea pig thief pleads not guiltyPublished 10:53am Friday, August 31, 2012
An Austin man who allegedly broke into an apartment and stole a guinea pig pleaded not guilty to theft and trespassing charges in Mower County Court.
Charles Kuhlman, 19, will next appear in court Feb. 15.
According to the police report, a 20-year-old victim reported her guinea pig “Snickers” stolen to police at about 10 p.m. Aug. 12 after she arrived home at her apartment at Fourth Avenue SE. The victim told police she bought the pet from a friend and Kuhlman for $20. She told police she had paid part of the fee and was going to pay the rest in a week or so, according to the police report.
When the victim got back to the apartment, she got a text message from the friend saying her roommate was supposed to be home and her doors were “wide open.” The friend texted the victim stating the guinea pig didn’t have food or water and looked like it had gone without for days, according to the police report.
The friend reportedly sent a text to the victim saying that if she can’t take care of the pet, she shouldn’t have it.
Officers spoke with the friend and Kuhlman, who said the victim hadn’t yet paid in total for the guinea pig, and when they went over to the victim’s apartment, the doors were practically wide open. The friend told police she had permission to enter the apartment, but Kuhlman said he didn’t.
Police advised the duo that the guinea pig sale was a civil matter, but their actions had now made it a criminal matter.