North Stafford, Va. –– Perhaps he was thirsty, or it was because he never got enough calcium as a child, or maybe he had a thing for dressing like a farm animal.

Whatever the reason Stafford sheriff’s authorities say a man donned a cow costume and not walked, but crawled into a Walmart store on Garrisonville Road (Va. 610) in North Stafford at 10:35 p.m. Tuesday.

Authorities say he found a shopping cart and then pushed it to the milk isle.

Now on two feet, security guards inside the store say the upright cow was caught on video tape placing 26 gallons of milk –– about $92 worth of the moo-cow juice –– into a the shopping cart, and then rolled it out of the store.

A manager called 911 to report the larceny that was caught on video tape.

At one point someone reported a man in a cow suit was trying to give away the milk to customers, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

A sheriff’s deputy took a police report, and shortly thereafter was then called to a disturbance at a McDonald’s restaurant across the street.

Three cars awaited the deputy in the parking lot of the fast food joint, and when he began asking questions he noticed one man looked similar to a person he had just saw on video wearing a cow costume, liberating the milk, said Kennedy.

The deputy brought the man back to the Walmart store where he was identified as the cow culprit, said Kennedy.

Jonathan Payton, 18, of North Stafford was  issued a summons for shoplifting, and was released on his own recognizance.

As for the milk: a store manager found it sitting in a shopping cart outside the store. The cow costume was also recovered.

19 Responses to “Cow Caper Nets 26 Gallons of Milk” (Leave a Comment)


  1. […] In the category of You Can’t Make This Stuff Up If You Tried, the 18-year-old crawled into a Stafford, Va., Walmart on all fours, reported PotomacLocal.com. […]

  2. […] In the category of You Can’t Make This Stuff Up If You Tried, the 18-year-old crawled into a Stafford, Va., Walmart on all fours, reported PotomacLocal.com. […]

  3. Writer says:

    Was this article written by a 3rd grader? The grammar is atrocious.

  4. […] Stuff Up If You Tried, the 18-year-old crawled into a Stafford, Va., Walmart on all fours, reported PotomacLocal.com. After standing, he loaded about $92 worth of milk into a shopping cart and simply rolled the cart […]

  5. […] details of this bizarre case of theft can be found in Potomac Local’s poorly written account: Authorities say he found a shopping cart and then pushed it to the milk […]

  6. Gopi says:

    what a great story.
    No one hurt, killed, raped. beat down or suing.
    I hope the ‘cow’ comes out ok.

  7. […] In the category of You Can’t Make This Stuff Up If You Tried, the 18-year-old crawled into a Stafford, Va., Walmart on all fours, reported PotomacLocal.com. […]

  8. […] An 18-year-old dressed in a cow suit was arrested after police said he stole 26 gallons of milk from a Walmart store in Stafford, Va. The cow was apparently on all fours when a worker noticed the teenager leaving the store with the milk jugs, Stafford sheriffs deputies said. Store employees called police as they watched the cow-boy skipping down the sidewalk, handing out the jugs to passers-by. Deputies found him at a nearby McDonalds. He was out of his suit by them, but police found the cow outfit in his car. [Source: Potomac Local] […]

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  11. […] Man Dressed as a Cow Steals Milk A man dressed as a cow stole 26 gallons of milk from a Virginia Wal-Mart last Tuesday. The man was apparently trying to give the milk to customers. Police were called and a sheriff’s deputy took the police report. Not too long after, that same deputy was called to a McDonald’s across the street from the Wal-Mart to a disturbance. While he was questioning, he noticed a man who looked very similar to the person in video he just watched wearing that cow suit. Turns out it was the same man. Read more of this story at http://potomaclocal.com/news/stafford/cow-caper-nets-26-gallons-of-milk/” […]

  12. […] is an odd crime. But considering that Payton is 18-years-old, i suspect that it was a practical joke. Or, of course, he could have mental […]

  13. […] Cow Caper Nets 26 Gallons of Milk (SM) […]

  14. […] Now on two feet, security guards inside the store say the upright cow was caught on video tape placing 26 gallons of milk –– about $92 worth of the moo-cow juice –– into a the shopping cart, and then rolled it out of the storevia: potomaclocal.com […]

  15. Sketaful says:

     “he noticed one man looked similar to a person he had just saw on video wearing a cow costume”

    Haha How did he recoginize him? Was it the tail? 😛

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