A 38-pound bobcat named Rocky has been missing from his owner’s home in Stafford Township for more than a week.
The animal, named Rocky, got loose from the owner’s home on March 25. The owner has said the big cat is domesticated.
The judge ordered 67-year-old Mark Niemczyk of Tinton Falls to serve five years probation. The judge also sentenced 42-year-old Thomas Scalgione of Manahawkin to six months in the county jail for violating parole and one year of probation.
Thomas Scalgione of Stafford Township and Mark Niemczyk of Tinton Falls have been indicted on conspiracy and theft by deception charges.
Stafford Township animal control officer Michael Melchionne said in a published report that the bird has been in the township for months.
Most of the money went to police officers who decided to end their careers.