State police say a 24-year-old Paul Smiths man faces a misdemeanor charge for allegedly stealing another person's deer.
Ray Brook-based state police charged Timothy D. Coventry, 24, of Paul Smiths, with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class A misdemeanor, at 6:16 p.m. Sunday. Police said he hasn't been processed yet.
The charge stems from a report of stolen property filed the evening of Oct. 23 in the town of Brighton. Police said a hunter told law-enforcement officials that a deer he had legally taken was stolen from his porch overnight. The deer had already been cleaned and hung, police said.
Police said a state environmental conservation officer, who was conducting interviews with residents on Keese Mills Road for an unrelated case, found the deer at Coventry's home. The officer questioned Coventry, who allegedly didn't have a tag for the deer. Coventry reportedly told the officer he found the deer on the side of the road, thought the meat would be OK and brought it home.
Police said the environmental conservation officer was able to match the deer's characteristics to those of the stolen deer and determined it belonged to the complainant. The deer's value was estimated to be abut $520.
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