Feathers lead to stolen swan

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ORLANDO, Fla., July 18 (UPI) -- Police in Florida said a trail of feathers led them to a missing swan and the man accused of stealing the bird from a lake.

Lt. Barbara Jones of the Orlando Police Department said officers "followed the feathers" Monday from Lake Eola in the city's downtown to the backyard of Goeffre Peter Smart, 24, about three blocks away, the Orlando Sentinel reported Monday.


Jones said officers encountered a witness who told them Smart had been seen walking down the street holding the large swan.

The bird, which was not injured, was driven back to Lake Eola in a police car and released.

Smart was charged with grand theft, grand theft of commercially farmed animal, being in a park after hours and animal cruelty. He was being held in lieu of $3,050 bail.

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