Anthony Crook
Anthony Crook

January 18, 2017

A 32-year-old Scranton man is accused of spray-painting the interior walls of Lynch Livestock while the company was closed and of stealing a stocking cap and boots before he left.

Anthony Ray Crook faces a felony charge of burglary for the Dec. 11 incident that is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Crook admitted to painting the walls, which caused more than $10,000 worth of damage to the building at 18664 Jade Ave. just west of Carroll, said Lt. Jon Cretsinger, of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. But Crook did not say why he did it, Cretsinger said.

“I still wonder why he went there,” he said.

Crook previously worked for another agricultural company — Iowa Select Farms — according to his request for a court-appointed attorney.

He is set to appear in court next week.

Lynch Livestock is the parent company of more than a dozen ag-related businesses that range from insurance to barbecue.

Crook was found at a residence near Lynch Livestock after the burglary was reported. Investigators found cigarettes at the business that matched those Crook possessed.