DNR Truck(Argos) Indiana Conservation Officers’ investigation of the thefts of animal parts and hides by a former local taxidermist that occurred as early as 2011 have resulted in the arrest of a suspect.

Cody Leed, 45, of Plymouth, was arrested February 28th on warrants through Marshall County for eight misdemeanor charges of theft, one felony theft charge, and one felony charge of corrupt business influence.

In December 2019, DNR Law Enforcement was notified that a local taxidermist had received animal parts and payments for services that were never returned or refunded, and told that the taxidermist had since dissolved his business but continued to maintain possession of the animal parts.

Conservation Officers have identified multiple victims in the case, and seek additional victims.

Conservation Officers encourage the public to contact DNR Law Enforcement Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536 with pertinent information.




Readers are reminded that charging information supported by an affidavit of probable cause is a mere allegation that a crime has been committed and that there is only probable cause to believe a crime has been committed. They are presumed innocent throughout the proceedings and are entitled to be represented by counsel and entitled to a trial by jury at which the State is obligated to provide proof beyond a reasonable doubt before a judgment of guilt may be made.