You've got to be kidding! Rīga police arrest gang of goats

Rīga's municipal police force went above and beyond the call of duty - and the call of nature - May 15 when they apprehended three goats in Bolderāja (the suburb, not the bookshop).

At 22.40, the cops received a call from members of the public who had stumbled across three goats in woodland. What the callers were doing in the woodland at 22.40 is not recorded.

Arriving on the scene soon after, the police quickly located the roaming ruminants, and apprehended them. They were placed in the back of the police van, which has certainly welcomed "stags" previously but not goats.

When the goats were captured, the policemen thanked the callers for help and went to look for the animals' owner. Coincidentally a couple of years ago, in the same neighborhood, a similar event was recorded in the city's criminal annals, though on that occasion sheep were the center of attention. Thus it was decided to try that address first and sure enough, the force's sleuth-like intuition proved to be correct - the former sheep loser was indeed now a goat misplacer.

After a brief discussion and drafting of the protocol on inappropriate animal welfare, the goats were returned to their legal owner.

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