Grand Theft Goat
From the Borneo Bulletin, the following report:
Two locals were fined and jailed after pleading guilty to stealing a goat before the Bandar Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
Mohd Nazri bin Siahat, 22, was fined $1,500 or jail for two months in default and 24-year-old Sahari bin Piut was sent to jail for three months after both defendants admitted to stealing a goat from Syarikat Hussyn Rahman at Ladang Betumpu in Kg Masin on the night of October 3.
The defendants fled with the goat inside their car and later sold it ...
Serious consequences indeed for a hot goat that the pair sold for $100, yielding them a cool $50 each. Sadly, the Butch’n’Sundance of Borneo’s goat-underworld have learned to their terrible cost that life in the fast lane has a serious down-side.
The bold heist was detected even after the pair had craftily ‘re-birthed’ the goat, by respraying and rebadging it with a counterfeit ear tag, and a forged bell around its neck.
Beyond the screaming headlines in the Borneo Bulletin, public interest in the case underscores the serious problem of organised goat-theft rings in the province, which has led to a boom in sales of anti-theft goat-locking devices.
Such is the hysteria engendered by the case that it’s rumoured to have inspired a leading Borneowood studio to fast-track production of a gripping, if rather derivative, action-drama tentatively titled Goat in 60 Seconds.