09/12/2013 10:11 EDT

Sheep Stolen From Richmond Lot


A Richmond, B.C. landscaper got fleeced Tuesday night after six sheep were stolen from a flock of 31 in a fenced area near a McDonald's.

The sheep were being temporarily stored on the lot in the 8100-block of Alderbridge Way when the animals were stolen at a cost of $1,500 to their owner, landscaper Sandy Chappell, the Richmond RCMP said in a Wednesday news release.

Chappell brought the sheep to the property at the behest of a developer to clean up overgrown weeds in what he thought would be an environmentally-friendly fashion, The Richmond News reported.

But his unique approach to weed control also drew negative attention from Richmond city hall, which ordered him to remove the sheep on Tuesday because a bylaw prevents having domestic animals in a commercial area, The Province reported.

"The city came up with an anti-pesticide, anti-herbicide law, so this is perfect," Chappell told the newspaper.

RCMP Cpl. Stephanie Ashton has an idea who might have stolen the sheep.

"It’s frosh week at the universities," she said. "There’s a possibility that there are sheep parading around campus painted with some Greek letters.”

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