Suspected Cat-napper on the Prowl
William Bobbett is wanted for stealing a lynx from an exotic animal farm in
Thursday, May 3, 6:06 p.m.
By Sarah Buynovsky
The case of a missing lynx has turned into a manhunt. The animal was stolen from a business in
State police said William Bobbett of
State police said Bobbet and the two men went to Exotic Critters in
"(He said) ‘we’ve got the pregnant female. We’ve got what we want, let’s go.’ Before he left, he made me take a pocket full of money," said Ronald Derr, owner of Exotic Critters. He added Bobbett first offered to pay $10,000 for a lynx.
Derr said he refused because Bobbett did not have the proper permit. That’s why, Derr said, Bobbett stole the cat. "He wanted a cat and he was going to do what it took to get that cat," the owner added.
Bobbett and his wife won an $11 million malpractice settlement from
Steve Bucholtz runs a garage across the street from Bobbett’s
"Next thing you know you see guys coming out with shotguns and all that and the game commission you know. I just wondered why the game commission officers were there at the house," Bucholtz said.
The lynx was found last month in a tree in
"It’s hard for me to believe that someone would jeopardize their freedom for a cat. Who would do something like that?" Derr asked.
Bobbett has been in trouble with the law before on drug charges. State police said he has new teardrop tattoos under his eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to call the nearest state police barracks.
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