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A suspect ran through a cow pasture — but didn’t figure how the herd would help cops

Cows help Florida police officers catch car theft suspect

A herd of cows were caught on a sheriff's office helicopter video helping police corral a Florida car theft suspect who was running through a pasture in Seminole County.
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A herd of cows were caught on a sheriff's office helicopter video helping police corral a Florida car theft suspect who was running through a pasture in Seminole County.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office had an unlikely assist in capturing a fleeing suspect.

A herd of cows.

The whole scenario brings to mind all those early ‘70s screwball film comedies by directors Peter Bogdanovich or Peter Yates in which barnyard animals interact with humans in the most ridiculous ways.

In Monday’s case, officers from the Sanford Police Department, with an assist from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, were chasing two suspects who crashed a stolen car, bailed out of the SUV and ran.

“A herd of cattle provided law enforcement a big assist, repeatedly following and helping corral one who strayed on to their turf,” the sheriff’s office posted on its Facebook page on Tuesday.

According to NBC’s KCRA 3, the benevolent bovine, about 16 of them, chased one of the suspects, identified as Jennifer Kaufman, who had run from the SUV. The cows chased Kaufman and herded her toward a fence where officers collared her.

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Jennifer Kaufman’s booking photo at Seminole County Jail. The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office charged the 46-year-old Florida woman with theft, possession of cocaine, possession of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. A herd of cows helped officers capture her when she strayed into their pasture on Aug. 6, 2018. Seminole County Sheriff's Office

Kaufman, 46, is being held at Seminole County Jail on $4,500 bond, according to her arrest report.

She is charged with theft, possession of cocaine, possession of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

As for the cows, they haven’t been deputized but they are video stars. The department’s social media post has been viewed more than 108,000 times and has nearly 2,000 shares.

“When the cows save the day,” read one comment in the post’s thread.

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