Police hunt animal rustlers in Halkidiki

A father and his two sons are being sought in Halkidiki, northern Greece, for allegedly stealing more than 300 animals from several villages and small towns in the area, police revealed on Saturday. The 44-year-old man and his sons, aged 16 and 20, are suspected of stealing 303 chickens, eight rabbits, seven goats, a tractor and its wagon, a rifle and various farming tools from homes and farms in Polygyros, Nea Moudania and Nea Triglia. It is alleged that the robberies were carried out between May and September this year. It was not clear how the animals were stolen. Police said that the three suspects remain at large but that officers managed to locate the stolen animals and return them to their original owners. No details were given about where the animals were found.