Punxy Phil found himself in lockup this weekend when a sting operation caught him in the very act of raiding a garden. Local authorities suspect that Phil is responsible for a crime spree that included digging a hole under a woodworker’s shop, ravaging local gardens and flower beds, and the destruction of a dozen cabbage plants while they were still in the greenhouse packaging.
Though Phil adamantly pleaded his innocence (and threatened to bite anyone who got near his cell), he was found guilty of predicting bad weather and garden raiding in the first degree. He was sentenced to a life of exile without the possibility of parole.
Locals hope that Phil’s arrest will serve as a warning to other groundhogs who might consider a life of crime.
This very, very angry groundhog (not actually Punxy Phil) was released unharmed at a nearby animal sanctuary where he will safely live out the rest of his life far away from the temptation to return to his thieving ways.