A husband and wife face felony charges for stealing tree stands and trail cameras. They were also responsible for damaging trucks of a few hunters. The couple cost hunters more than $1,500 in equipment and caused more than $500 in damages.
According to Fox 13 in Salt Lake City, Andrew and Polly Samuels McLean face felony charges after they were allegedly caught stealing a hunter’s equipment in the Wasatch Mountains in Utah. the couple was charged felony theft charges as well as misdemeanor charges for criminal mischief. Unified Police Department said a search warrant was also executed on the couple’s home Friday.
The investigation started with a Facebook group and some fed-up hunters.
“A lot of people recently have been posting pictures (on Facebook) of their trucks being destroyed while their out scouting or hunting,” said hunting enthusiast, Bronko Phillips.
“Trail cameras, every week we have one to six people saying my trail cameras were destroyed,” Phillips added. “We have gentlemen that let us know their stands were taken or they were tampered with.”
When the guys saw a post from a fellow hunter asking for help to find two people who were caught on camera stealing his equipment — it was the last straw”
Phillipsis an admin of a popular Facebook group with nearly 10,000 members, called “Utah hunters, fishers and campers. He made it his personal mission to pass the photo around and identify the perps.
“Once I posted it up, the community just exploded around it and it took off,” Phillips said.
The man was identified as a well-known skier named Andrew McLean and his wife Polly Samuels McLean who just happens to be the Park City assistant city attorney.
As for a motive Phillips believes the couple is philosophically against hunting.
“I think they feel that they’re in the right. I think they feel that hunters are bad and evil people and we’re out there just basically murdering animals and we’re not,” said Phillips.
“People think these trail cams, these tree stands, these elevated hunting platforms are bad and they’re just for murderers to sit in the tree and wait for these poor animals to come by,” Phillips said.
As hunters we know this is an absolute lie. Nobody cares for animals more then hunters. Hunting is conservation and hunters are the reason that animal populations have exploded in the last 50 years.
I wish people like this couple would educate themselves and realize that hunters are the stewards of the land and wildlife, and take an active part in keeping it around for the next generation.