Knuckleheads Charged In Theft Of Lion Carcass | The Smoking Gun: "That’s when Weidlich, 20, and Jakubisin's cousin, 21-year-old Brian Matthews, decided to take the dead lion. Jakubisin said that it took the duo about 30 minutes of “messing around with it” to get the heavy carcass into the car’s hatchback trunk.
Jakubisin, who said that he and the Jeep’s other two occupants did not touch the lion, recalled telling Weidlich and Matthews not to take the lion because of “the simple fact that it is nasty.”
Weidlich had some “stupid ideas” for the lion, Jakubisin said, including making a “rug for his house,” or perhaps “stuffing it.” At the time, he added, Weidlich and Matthews were just “living in the moment.”
The attempted heist, however, was thwarted when cops rolled up and discovered that the men had “loaded up” the dead lion into the Jeep, according to a Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office report, and were “trying in fact to steal the lion.”