CT: Poachers Hoped To Sell Footage
Police: Poachers Hoped To Sell Footage 4 Accused Of Running Illegal
May 18, 2009
KENT, Conn. -- Four New York residents were arrested over the weekend on
charges of running an illegal poaching ring in Connecticut.
Police said the group videotaped themselves while illegally hunting and
said they hoped to sell the footage for television.
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection police said the four
were arrested on charges related to illegal wild turkey hunting in Kent.
EnCon police said an investigation over the past year revealed that an
organized group of poachers was illegally killing deer and wild turkeys in
the northwestern portion of the state.
Police said the poachers were being dropped off in the area to kill the
animals and then picked up.
Police stopped a vehicle on Saturday in Kent and then found three
suspects in a nearby wooded area.
The suspects confessed to killing numerous deer and turkey in the state
in the past year and said they would sometimes use a turkey call to shoot
and kill turkey from the car, police said.
A video camera, firearms and hunting equipment was also found in the car,
police said. They said the suspects admitted to videotaping themselves
hunting and said they were hoping to supply the footage to a cable
television hunting show.
Michael Milano, of Bronxiville, N.Y., was charged with negligent hunting,
criminal trespass and illegal turnkey hunting. Police said Milano was found
to be convicted felon and cannot legally possess a firearm. He was also
charged with criminal possession of a firearm.
Anthony Finacchiaro and his wife, Laura Finacchiaro, of Purdys, N.Y.,
were charged with negligent hunting, criminal trespass and illegal turkey
Robert Zach, of Brewster, N.Y., was charged with illegal turkey hunting
and criminal trespass.
All four suspects were released after posting bond and are due in Bantam
Superior Court on June 1.
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