It happened again -- but this time with a much better outcome.
For the second time this year, Steve Perryman's taxidermy shop located along Highway 223 near Perryman's residence in Viola was broken into.
This time though, the perpetrators have been caught. Oct. 6 officers with the Fulton County Police Department arrested two Viola juveniles who admitted to the theft.
At the time of the Sept. 29 or 30 break-in, the Perryman's had just recently finished replacing all the items from the May 20 theft of their business, according to Steve Perryman's wife, Vera Perryman.
She said when Steve went to his shop the following Monday morning on Oct. 1 he saw that one of the business' windows had been broken out.
Inside, a number of expensive tools and taxidermy equipment were missing. Among some of the items taken was an air compressor, bench grinder, saddle bridle, mounting posts and various tools, said Perryman.
After the Perryman's contacted authorities, the Fulton County Sheriff's Department was determined to find who was at fault since the Perrymans had already dealt with an unsolved burglary of their business, said Sheriff Walter Dillinger. "It's a shame to have to deal with something like that twice," he said.
The following Thursday, Oct. 4, one of the Perryman's neighbors found much of the stolen property hidden in her barn, Dillinger said.
After recovering that property, Steve Perryman began searching the land surrounding the neighbor's property and found some additional items in the middle of an open field. "It looked like they just got bored, decided to break in and then just threw stuff out in the field," Perryman said.
After recovering those items, Dillinger said his department received information from a Viola resident who had heard of the incident. "That helped us a lot. When we talked to (the juveniles) they didn't want to talk," Dillinger said. "But when we started telling them stuff we knew, they started to cooperate."
The two alleged thieves will be tried in juvenile court Oct. 24.
According to both Perryman and Dillinger, Fulton County Deputy Tom Hanselman was diligent in his efforts and largely responsible for making the arrest.