Four sheep disappeared from where they were grazing in Vinstra in the valley of Gudbrandsdalen Friday evening, only to turn up more than 80 kilometers away in Lillehammer Saturday morning. The rancher owning them has reported them as being kidnapped.
“I’m shocked that someone can think of doing this,” rancher Ståle Roven told newspaper GD. “I can understand that some people can be irritated by sheep grazing near their property, but I didn’t think this was possible.”
He has reported the alleged seizure and transport of the sheep to Vinstra police, who called it “a very seldom case.” The four kidnapped sheep, still wearing their identity tags, were found in the parking lot of the Strandtorget shopping center in Lillehammer.
“Someone must have lured them into a vehicle during the night and driven them all the way to Lillehammer,” Roven told state broadcaster NRK. He told GD that the sheep were also separated from their lambs. They have since been returned to Vinstra.
He claimed he had no idea who would have kidnapped his sheep or what their motivation was. Police in Gudbrandsdalen, the large valley where Vinstra is located, were baffled as well, also over what charges will be filed. “This is a very seldom case,” Trygve Ulset of the Gudbrandsdal Police District told GD. “It must be covered by the criminal code, but I don’t know which paragraph. We have to investigate this further.”