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4 Cuesta students arrested for stealing sheep from Cal Poly, officials say

Matt Papaleo, 19, of San Luis Obispo was arrested Tuesday, May 20, 2014, on suspicion of felony grand theft of livestock. Original story »
Matt Papaleo, 19, of San Luis Obispo was arrested Tuesday, May 20, 2014, on suspicion of felony grand theft of livestock. Original story »

UPDATE 3 p.m.: Cal Poly's University Police Department said the men accused of taking a sheep from campus told them “the situation got out of hand,” according to Cmdr. Brenda Trobaugh.

Based on the department’s investigation, the four men chased the animal around before grabbing it and then hoisting the sheep into a truck to take to the apartment complex.

Trobaugh said police believe the incident occurred between 2:30 and 3:30 a.m,. and the sheep was kept in an outside commons area until police arrived to rescue the animal.

Trobaugh said she believes the sheep was traumatized but physically unharmed, she said.

Original story: Four men were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing sheep at Cal Poly, according to university officials.

The University Police Department received a report around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday that a sheep had been taken from its pen in one of the university’s livestock areas.

Officers conducted an investigation and found the missing sheep in an apartment complex in San Luis Obispo.

Around 4:30 p.m., officers arrested four men: George Pappas, 20; Paul Italiano, 19; Torin Miller, 19; and Matt Pappaleo, 19, according to a news release from Cal Poly. All four identified themselves to police as being students at Cuesta College, the news release said.

They were arrested on suspicion of felony grand theft of livestock and booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail.

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