CLINTON — In what appears to be a prank, three local teenagers have been arrested and charged with larceny in the sixth degree in connection with the theft of a White Pekin Duck from Grove Gardens.
Chloe Anne Grimes, Emma Lehn and Tatiana Carolyn Serrano, all 18-years-old, allegedly took the duck, a family pet named Quackers, the evening of Saturday, July 25 to the town beach and posted selfies, according to police reports.
On Sunday, July 26, Serrano went to the Clinton police department to admit her role in the incident, which also involved Grimes and Lehn.
The owners of the duck had learned of Serrano’s involvement after she had posted a picture of Quackers on social media, according to the incident report.
Serrano talked about why the three girls decided to take Quackers.
“The three agreed to take one of the ducks kept at Grove Gardens and to bring it to their friend, so that his duck would have a companion,” the report reads.
The next day, Monday, July 27, the other two girls gave written statement regarding the theft of the duck.
Grimes gave details about the evening.
“They discussed stealing a duck from Lehn’s workplace at Grove Gardens,” according to the report.
“The girls placed the duck into the car, and they drove off to the town beach,” it continued. “At the Clinton town beach, they showed the duck to some friends, who posted pictures on social media of them with the duck. After showing the duck off, they drove to Heser’s Pond on Airline Road and let the duck go.
“Grimes stated that they never photographed the duck in a bathtub and there was no party at anyone’s house,” which was rumored at the time, according to the reports. Serrano corroborated Grimes account of the photos.
The three women turned themselves into the Clinton police department and were also charged with criminal trespass in the third degree and conspiracy to commit larceny in the sixth degree.
“The Clinton Police Department takes each and every complaint made to the department as a matter which deserves our professional attention,” said Chief Vincent E. DeMaio
“Once we determine that a crime has been committed or that we have the resources available to help mitigate or resolve an issue, we work diligently to bring the incident to proper closure,” he added.
Quackers was adopted by the Bousquet family April when she was just a day old. She was raised in the family’s Clinton home and moved to a secure enclosure at the family landscaping and garden business, Grove Gardens, prior to being taken. She lived there with two other family ducks.
Lauren Bousquet talked to the ShoreLine Times shortly after the theft.
“They’re the most loving, compassionate creatures,” said the 21-year-old. “Quackers would literally come up and sit with you and cuddle with you.”
“We would take them outside, they would swim in the pools, we would wash them and feed them little snacks like blueberries and watermelon,” she said.
The missing duck had a scar above one eye and a bald patch where she is missing feathers on her back, injuries sustained during a racoon attack.
According to the police report, she was allegedly released at Heser’s Pond at the corner of Airline Road and has not been seen since. Quackers cannot fly and she is not used to living in the wild. The duck has not been recovered.
There is a $1,500 reward for any information about her whereabouts.
All three women were released on a Promise to Appear in court. Serrano is scheduled to appear in Middletown Superior Court, Nov. 6, Lehn, Middletown Superior Court, Nov. 16 and Grimes, GA09 in Middletown on Nov. 20.