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Taxidermy shop robbed; Cactus Velvet mule deer antlers among stolen items

A distinctive set of 232-inch Cactus Velvet mule deer antlers are among the stolen items.

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A distinctive set of 232-inch Cactus Velvet mule deer antlers are among the stolen items.

PRESCOTT – An estimated $30,000 worth of valuable animal antlers and skins and other items were reported stolen from a Prescott taxidermy shop this week.

On September 21, the owner of Wildlife Artistry Taxidermy, located at 1632 N. Kile St., reported a burglary at the shop, according to the Prescott Police Department.

“The owner reported that an unknown suspect had removed a swamp cooler to gain access to the shop and remove multiple items from inside, including several sets of very valuable animal antlers and several animal skins,” a police news release stated, adding that the total value was estimated at $30,000.

Among the stolen items are: a distinctive set of 232-inch Cactus Velvet Mule Deer antlers; 10 additional sets of elk, Coues deer and mule deer antlers; multiple bear skins; mountain lion and bobcat skins; and several “Yeti” brand cooler products.

“The suspect(s) were very selective about what to remove from the store, and therefore it is believed that the suspect has extensive knowledge about Arizona game animals and the value of their mounts,” stated the press release.

The Prescott Police Department is seeking information regarding who is responsible for this crime, and is interested in identifying anyone who may try to sell or trade items that match the description of the stolen items.

The department is encouraging anyone with information to contact Detective John Hanna at the Prescott Police Department at 928-777-1961. Those who wish to remain anonymous and who want a cash reward must call Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.