LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Animals were let out of their cages at the Everglades Wonder Gardens early this morning. One white tale deer was hit and killed by a motorcycle on Imperial Parkway.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office arrested 58-year-old Steven Trew, of Riverside Dr., for burglary and damaging the property.
Employee Jack Wollman arrived at the Everglades Wonder Gardens at 5:00 a.m. on Monday and found the back gate was open with the lock still attached. When he got inside he noticed a deer was out of its cage. Wollman noticed several of the locks to the animals' cages were cut and laying on the ground. He also saw a shadow fleeing the area and chased him on bicycle. Wollman as able to detain the suspect, later identified as Trew.
Wollman asked Trew if he was drunk, and Trew said he was.
Surveillance footage showed Trew entering the facility, carrying bolt cutters.
The only animals unaccounted for were the two deer, one of which was secured in its cage.
The estimated cost of damage $1,400.