Two Florida panhandle teens are accused of using a bow and arrow to shoot a turkey, which they were planning to eat for Thanksgiving. That particular turkey, however, was for loving, not eating. His name was Tom, and he had been a pet of the Caponi family for over a year. When Brian Caponi went outside to feed his animals Monday morning, Tom was not in his pen. Police followed a trail of blood and feathers to some footprints on a dirt road, and surveillance footage showed two young men departing the Caponis’ property with Tom in tow. The distraught family also told police they’d seen a truck suspiciously parked outside their house earlier.
Police later pulled over said truck, driven by 18-year-old neighbor Jacob Provo. In the trunk, police allegedly found Tom’s lifeless body. Riding along with Provo was Joshua Anderson, 19. Both allegedly admitted to sneaking on to the Caponis’ property and killing Tom. According to a police report, Provo told cops he was the shooter and was planning to butcher and cook Tom for turkey day. Both teens are charged with armed burglary, armed trespassing, theft of livestock and animal cruelty.