Suspects sought in beating, theft of 3 goats, sheep from small family farm
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By Kay Recede, KTXL

ESCALON, Calif. (KTXL) -- Two men were captured on home surveillance beating, then stealing livestock from a San Joaquin County family Sunday afternoon.

As seen on the surveillance video, a man in gray has a large wooden stick in his hands and off-screen appears to beat an animal. Moments later, a man in white hits a sheep over the head.

The family who runs the small Escalon farm said the thieves made off with three goats and a sheep. They estimate the financial loss at about $800.

The family was so distraught they posted about the theft on social media Sunday night. They believe the post may have pushed the thieves to return the animals Tuesday. But they still need the public’s help identifying the men behind the theft.

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