Man hid ferret down his pants to steal it, then used it as a weapon
Source: The Associated Press
JACKSONVILLE BEACH, FL.- It's one thing for a shoplifter to hide stolen items in their clothing.. but a ferret?? Police say a homeless man in north Florida hid a ferret in his pants and made it out the door before being challenged. 38 yr old Rodney Bolton is charged with theft of the $129.00 ferret that he took from a pet store in Jacksonville Beach. A 17yr old witness confronted Bolton in the parking lot and was bitten by the animal the man allegedly shoved into the teen's face. The confrontation makes the ferret a "special weapon" under Florida law. Bolton also faces battery charges for dangerously wielding the animal. Calls to the Jacksonville Sheriff's department to see if Bolton has a lawyer were not answered early Thursday morning.