Fired circus employee accused of stealing fox

July 19, 2013 at 3:07 PM

CHITA, Russia, July 19 (UPI) -- Police in Russia said they were searching for a fired circus worker accused of absconding with a fox in retaliation for his termination.

Zabaikalsky Region authorities said Gennady Pyatibratov, 24, allegedly stole Eva the fox from a circus in late June in retaliation for his being fired, RIA Novosti reported Friday.

Pyatibratov was fired from his position as a traveling circus assistant for neglecting his duties, officials said.

The fox was initially thought to have escaped until a woman in the city of Chita told investigators she had seen Pyatibratov walking with a fox on a leash.

Prosecutors said Pyatibratov could face theft charges.

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