Stafford Township Police must have had a heck of a time sorting out this situation.

Police say they stopped a man for suspected shoplifting only to find he had a baby deer in his shopping bag and suspected crack cocaine in his possession.

Stafford Twp Police Called About Suspected Shoplifter

Police were called to the ShopRite of Manahawkin on Rt. 72 West at about 6 pm on Sat., June 1st to investigate a suspected shoplifter who had just left the store.

The officers arrived and searched the area, finding a man identified as Matthew Keithley, 23, of Mays Landing carrying a reusable shopping bag.

While speaking with Keithley, officers saw a fawn poke its head out of the top of the shopping bag.

The police report says the officers told Keithley he was being detained for the illegal possession of a deer.

The Suspect Gave a False ID Info and Ran (Like a Deer)

Stafford Twp Police say Matthew Keithley gave them false information about who he was, and when told he was being arrested, he tried running away.

Police quickly caught him and found suspected crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia in his possession.

Once he was properly identified, police found he had two warrants for his arrest in  Atlantic County.

Keithley was taken to Stafford Twp Police headquarters and charged with illegal possession of a deer, possession of a controlled dangerous substance and drug paraphernalia, Resisting arrest, and providing false information.

Keithley was taken in the Ocean County Jail and the fawn was returned to where it was found in the wild.

Just another day on the job for the Stafford Township Police.

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