UPDATE (May 15, 2018)– Kevin McGrotty pleaded guilty to theft and other charges were dismissed. He was sentenced to 726 days of probation.
BROWNSBURG, Ind. – A taxidermy business in Brownsburg is raided by law enforcement and the owner arrested.
The owner Kevin McGrotty is now facing more than a dozen criminal charges after officers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources served the arrest warrant this morning.
Investigators say the raid comes after years of complaints about the small business.
Antlers and animal hides were seized from this small business after prosecutors claim the taxidermist would routinely take people’s money and not finish the work.
“I’ve been trying to get a deer head back for 2 years,” said one victim Tom Davis.
Davis says he shot a large buck in 2015 and paid Brownsburg Taxidermy in full to have it mounted, but never get a call back.
“I’m in the same boat as a lot of people. I trusted him and did business with him and gave him money and then it didn’t work out,” said Davis.
On his website, McGrotty wrote that he’d been doing taxidermy since 1991, but prior to the raid he had an F rating with the Better Business Bureau due to a pattern of complaints.
‘We have lots of complaints from customers that he took their money and their hides and then never produced a finished mount,” said DNR Lt. Angela Goldman.
Court records show McGrotty is now facing more than a dozen counts of theft and corrupt business practices in Hendricks county. Wearing a camouflage hoodie, McGrotty was handcuffed and taken to jail. That was a welcome sight to another of his alleged victims.
“I’m very happy to see all the law enforcement taking this seriously. It definitely will make me more cautious,” said Cassie Eiermann.
Eiermann says her husband paid more than 200 dollars to have to a deer mounted and never saw the work completed.
The Indiana DNR is involved in the investigation because the DNR regulates permits for taxidermists. Goldman said McGrotty’s permit has been revoked as of this morning.
If you have items at the Brownsburg Taxidermy shop, Goldman is asking for your patience while they sort through everything. “There are literally hundreds of items in there. We have to categorize all of that. It is a big logistical problem to get all of that stuff returned. As soon as we figure out the best solution, we will get that out to you.”