Authorities: Goat thief not registered as sex offender in Dubuque County

Authorities said a sex offender living in the Holy Cross area was arrested May 25 on two charges — one of which related to the theft of 250 goats.

Nicholas J. McCann, 34, is charged in Iowa District Court of Dubuque County with first-degree theft and a sex offender registry violation.

According to court documents, McCann entered into a rent-to-own agreement with Ryan Gotto in July 2018 for a Holy Cross farm and was making regular payments as part of that agreement. But either late April 23 or early April 24, McCann vacated the residence on the farm, taking with him a washer, a dryer and about 250 goats. The stolen property was valued at $98,100.

Gotto reported that repeated attempts to reach McCann were unsuccessful, so he called law enforcement.

Documents state that McCann admitted to taking the goats but said he thought he had the right to do so.

Further investigation also determined that McCann, a convicted sex offender, never registered in Dubuque County despite living at the Holy Cross farm since July 2018.