CONNECTICUT — Officials initially thought the turkey theft call that came in over Thanksgiving was a joke.
Jimmy Mulligan called to say that while he was walking to his friend’s house with a turkey and all the fixings, he was robbed of all the food at gunpoint by two unknown men.
“I was just robbed at gunpoint. I was walking to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving and just now they took my turkey, stuffing,” he told the dispatcher.
At first officials questioned the call, but then realized it was legitimate.
The man told dispatchers that he was walking to a friend’s house to make turkey and a three-bean casserole, because his oven wasn’t working.
The thieves also stole his wallet, which contained about $100.
The officers felt bad about not believing Mulligan’s story at first, so they ordered meals from Boston Market and took them to the man.
“He shows up honking his horn and I come down thinking they found the guy and my turkey,” Mulligan said. “He comes out of the patrol car with two Boston Market dinners for me and my friend. Did it make the day better? Yes. It absolutely did.”
Mulligan says that if someone is ever in his situation, they should tell the police more than once.
Then, they’ll take you seriously,” Mulligan said. “I’m just happy the police and dispatchers helped out in a time of need. I’m thankful for that.”