NEW CASTLE, Ind. -- A New Castle man faces criminal charges after he
claimed a stolen trophy buck as his own, police said. The investigation
began when employees at the Knightstown Locker in Henry County reported
that a 10-point buck logged for processing was missing. Police
discovered that a deer matching the same description was checked and
logged for processing at another facility in Henry County.
Calvin Ballenger was seen on surveillance footage dropping off the
stolen buck for processing and mounting, police said. Conservation
officers surprised Ballenger when he arrived to pick up his order.
Ballenger later admitted to taking the buck, removing the tags attached
by the man who shot the animal, and making arrangements for the deer to
be processed, police said.
Ballenger was arrested on a preliminary charge of theft. He also
faces additional criminal charges in connection with a variety of fish
and game violations, including illegal taking of a whitetail deer,
police said. Fish and game violations can be reported anonymously
through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources' tip line at
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