Two Chapman students arrested for stealing Tim the Turkey, who was found smelling of beer

Police arrested two college students in connection with the theft of Tim the Turkey from a high school campus over the weekend. When the turkey was found, it smelled like beer.

Steven Koressel, 23, and Richard Melbye, 21, both students at Chapman University, were arrested in connection with Tim’s theft from Orange High School, reports ABC 7.

Tim, was last seen by the school’s agriculture department staff on Saturday night and was noticed to be missing Sunday morning.

The turkey was found Sunday night, but Tim was missing feathers and smelled of beer. He also had injuries to his feet and chest.

This is Tim:

Police didn’t say what charges the two men were being held on, but did say it would not be animal cruelty.

“We didn’t have sufficient evidence” to file cruelty charges, Orange police Sgt. Phil McMullin told the Orange County Register.

Chapman University released a statement that said in part, “The University will also undertake the appropriate disciplinary actions according to our Student Conduct Code.”

“The University will not tolerate any instances of theft, animal abuse or cruelty, is appalled by this behavior, and takes this issue extremely seriously,” the statement continued.