Mom, son accused of stealing gopher feet

Pair netted nearly $5,000 from townships that pay bounties to keep populations down

POSTED: 08:11 AM PDT Jun 19, 2013    UPDATED: 07:57 AM PDT Jun 19, 2013 
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A mother and son in Minnesota are accused of stealing frozen gopher feet and selling them for money.

Tina Marie Garrison, 37, and Junior Lee Dillon, 18, have been charged with theft and receiving stolen property in the unusual (and more than a little disgusting) case.

The pair are accused of stealing the feet from a gopher trapper and giving them to local townships that offer rewards for the feet to keep gopher populations down, the Rochester Post-Bulletin reported.

According to police, Dillon turned in more than $1,000 in feet in November of last year.

Garrison turned over nearly $4,000 in feet the next month.

She blamed her son, telling police she got the feet from Dillon, who had gotten them from a friend, according to the criminal complaint.

Dillon claims someone used his name in the crime, the Post-Bulletin reported.