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Turkey Break-In

After hearing a loud crash, Lisa Marvogeorge thought a rock had broken her front window, but it turned out to be a 20-pound turkey.


Break-ins are rather common to Jeff Marvogeorge, a police officer in New Baden, Ill., but nothing could have prepared him for the panicked call he received from his wife Lisa early one morning.

According to Lisa, she was getting ready for work when she heard a loud crash in the living room. First, she thought that someone had thrown a rock through the window.

"Maybe it was someone I arrested and retaliated by throwing a rock through the window," Jeff Mavrogeorge said, according to "She looked at it, then the rock stood up. It ran in the middle of the living room, and she ran the other way."

After a closer look, it was not a rock amidst the mess of broken glass and children’s toys, but a 20-pound stunned turkey. 

"It looked like a bomb went off," Mavrogeorge said ( "There wasn't a spec of floor that was not covered in glass. It was in the furniture, on the table and toys. There was glass everywhere."

Several local hunters arrived on the scene and captured the gobbler, which, amazingly, was unharmed.  The house, on the other hand, wasn’t so lucky, acquiring nearly $300 in damages.

Marvogeorge believes that the turkey had snuck off of a farm on the outskirts of town.

According to the University of Illinois Extension, Illinois is home to approximately 150,000 wild turkeys. They are believed to be able to attain flying speeds of 50 to 55 mph.

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