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2 men charged in Kahuku goat theft plead not guilty

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 11:43 a.m. HST, Oct 3, 2013

Two men will be tried in Circuit Court in December for allegedly stealing 23 goats from a Kahuku farm using duct tape to keep the animals silent.

Sherwin Mitchell, 24, of Waianae, and Shannon Chun, 24, of Mililani, entered pleas of not guilty this morning before Circuit Judge Karen Ahn.

The pair will appear before Circuit Judge Colette Garibaldi on felony charges of livestock theft.

The two men have been freed after each posting $11,000 bond.

Theft of livestock is a class C felony that carries a minimum fine of $1,000 or restitution, whichever is greater.

The two were arrested Sept. 25 and charged two days later with livestock theft. 

The goats, which have not yet been recovered, were allegedly taken sometime between Sept. 19 and 20. The owners said their livestock was valued at several thousand dollars.

A 25-year-old Waialua man also was taken into custody after the theft, but released pending investigation.

The owner of the Kahuku Goats farm says more than 20 purebred goats were stolen between Thursday night and Friday morning. Keal Pontin believes the thief used duct tape to keep the animals from making noise. 

Pontin suspects the thieves watched the farm, got to know its routine and then waited for a full moon to steal the animals.

Twenty-one of the goats were pregnant and 10 of them were days away from giving birth.

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