GOTCHA! Authorities have identified several teens who the owners of a popular Bergen County farm said broke in, rode donkeys, abused a miniature horse and left several petting zoo animals "shaken and skittish," Daily Voice has learned.
Those who know her identified one from a Snapchat photo as a 17-year-old River Dell High School athlete from Oradell, several sources said.
Wyckoff police issued a brief statement on Monday.
"The investigation has been turned over to the Detective/Juvenile Bureau, [which is] working in conjunction with Tyco Animal Control to identify all the parties," Wyckoff Police Detective Lt. Joseph Soto said. "If anyone has any information, please contact the Wyckoff Detective Bureau at 201-891-2121 or email@example.com."
Anyone 18 or older could be charged criminally and face fines and possible community service. Juveniles would receive delinquency complaints that carry certain requirements.
Jimmy Abma caught the group abusing animals and trying to steal tables, chairs and other items from behind Abma's Farm in Wyckoff around 11:30 p.m.
They'd also opened several gates to the petting zoo, he said.
Abma said he spoke with two of them but both fled with the others before police arrived.
None were wearing masks, he noted.
Abma receiveda Snapchat photo of a blond-haired girl wearing bangles, a navel ring, tattered jeans and black sneakers with black laces riding a donkey named Daisy with a boy behind her.
Family members were up past 2 a.m. trying to "put everything back together," Abma said.
Still missing were a duckling and a rabbit. Lipstick also had to be wiped off one of the donkeys.
A veterinarian was due to check out all of the animals on Monday before the zoo could reopen, Abma said.
"This is our house. This is our yard. This is our livelihood," he said.
"Abma's Farm is a working farm," the family wrote in a Facebook post that being shared widely on Sunday. "Four families live here; this is our home and life. It is NOT a playground, especially at 11pm.
"Breaking into our farm and barnyard is not only a liability to you but more importantly to our animals. It's clear that our animals were disturbed and violated by this group of trespassers who proceeded to ride our donkeys.
"Our animals are very shaken and skittish compared to their normal calm and relaxed nature, and our mini horse has signs of physical abuse."
"The sheer disrespect that some people have is truly infuriating," Jimmy Abma added. "There are teenage pranks, and then there's something like this.
"Unfortunately for them we have pictures and names and we will follow through to make sure everyone is held accountable. These kids have to deal with what they did."
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