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CLARE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Richard Bancroft, 60, from Harrison, has been charged with allegedly killing five kittens by setting them on fire.

On July 3, police said a woman called the Clare County Sheriff’s Department after returning to her Hayes Township home and discovering that her five kittens had been burned in a pile.

Upon filing the initial report the homeowner said she could not find her other cat. Since then the cat has been found dead, with its neck broken, police said.

The homeowner told police an acquaintance was at her house on Oak Woods when she left, but when she returned home later the acquaintance was gone and her kittens were dead.

Police began investigating the incident and made attempts to contact the suspect, but they were unable to locate him, police said.

Bancroft was arrested on July 28. He is being lodged in the Clare County Jail on a $25,000 bond. If convicted, he faces four years in prison.

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