BROWNSBURG, Ind. -- A Brownsburg taxidermy owner has been arrested and charged with 16 counts of theft and 1 count of corrupt business influence, months after a Call 6 Investigation into the company’s practices.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office and the Hendricks County Prosecutor’s Office arrived at Brownsburg Taxidermy on State Road 267 at 8 am Tuesday to serve both search and arrest warrants to owner Kevin McGrotty.
McGrotty collected thousands of dollars from his customers and guaranteed completed work, but failed to do the work promised, according to court documents filed this week.
Police have been receiving complaints about Brownsburg Taxidermy since at least 2015, records show.
Call 6 Investigates has received numerous complaints about McGrotty taking money from people and failing to deliver, including consumers who said McGrotty asked them to pay the remainder of their mount fee so they could get bumped up in line and get their mount sooner.
McGrotty told Call 6 Investigates he had been suffering from health and personal problems, but planned to finish outstanding orders before closing in the fall of 2017.
“I plan to file for bankruptcy, and I’m sending out letters to my customers letting them know what’s going on,” said McGrotty in April. “Everyone has their panties in a wad, but I’m struggling. I’m working every day to get caught up.”
Records show at least 10 complaints have been filed with the Better Business Bureau, earning the company an F grade.
DNR Public information officer Angela Goldman said consumers who spoke with Call 6 back in April helped prompt the investigation.
“Those same folks you interviewed are the same ones that tipped us off to the fact that Mr. McGrotty was not following through on his promises,” said Goldman. “So, certainly they are the ones that started our investigation and it has led to this today.”
Numerous customers of Brownsburg Taxidermy showed up to the raid Tuesday in the hopes of learning more about their orders.
“He asked me to pay him the full amount and he would finish my deer ahead of schedule,” said Tom Davis of Pittsboro. “I dropped it off and I haven’t heard from him since. I’ve been trying to resolve this issue for two years.”
Cassie Eiermann stopped by to find out what happened to her deer mount.
“He had reached out to my husband in the last six months to see if we would pay the remaining balance so we could get our deer sooner,” said Eiermann. “The bad thig is it was my husband’s first kill. More importantly, I just want the mount back and hopefully salvage that.”
DNR is asking for the public to stay calm if they're still waiting for items from McGrotty.
“All I can ask is please be patient as we are working through that process,” said Goldman.
McGrotty will not be able to finish his customers’ orders.
“As of today, McGrotty’s taxidermy license has been pulled as of this morning,” said Goldman
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