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Only in Florida, y’all!

Meghan Overdeep
August 9, 2018

A herd of vigilante cows in Sanford, Florida, is making national headlines after they assisted local police in the capture of a suspected car thief last week.

Police told Click Orlando that they spotted a stolen Subaru SUV on August 6th and gave chase. The driver reportedly made it to Brevard County, where she crashed into a stop sign and slid into a ditch.

After coming to a stop, the driver and her female accomplice fled the car. One of the women hid in some nearby bushes, while the other made a run for it in an adjacent pasture—big mistake.

Using night vision, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office helicopter team was able to track her through the cow pasture where she ran, quite literally, into a herd of law-abiding cattle. Police looked on from above as 20 angry cows attempted to corral the invader.

Ultimately, thanks to the herd, the thief was arrested.

But that’s not where this story ends. The next day, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office shared aerial footage (below) of the suspect being pursued by the angry bovines, complete with audio, on social media. Unsurprisingly, it has since gone viral.

Cows Help Corral Suspect

Our Alert team assisted the Sanford Police Department on Sunday, tracking down two suspects who crashed a stolen car, bailed out and ran. A herd of cattle provided law enforcement a big assist, repeatedly following and helping corral one who strayed on to their turf!

Posted by Seminole County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Richard Kondracki, the owner of the pasture, told Click Orlando that in all the decades he’s been keeping cows on his property, he’s never once seen them act aggressively towards a human.

“They panicked. The cows were nervous. That would make me panic — if all those big cows come running at you. They didn’t know them. They don’t know if they’re there to hurt them, or steal one of the babies,” Kondracki told Click Orlando.

“You don’t want to mess with it — any animal, whether it’s a cow, an elephant or a cat. You don’t mess with the babies,” Kondracki said.

The next time the police in Sanford are on the pursuit of a fugitive, no need to sound the alarm, just the cowbell.