Teen accused of stealing, killing hamsters

William Riddick

GOLDEN, Colo. – A 19-year-old Denver man faces charges of animal cruelty and theft for allegedly stealing hamsters from a pet store in Westminster, and then torturing and killing them.

Prosecutors say William Joseph Riddick stole at least six hamsters from the PetsMart on Town Center Drive, where he was employed, over a span of two months.

He was arrested at the store on May 4.

According to the arrest affidavit, Riddick told police he would steal the hamsters, and then throw them against a wall or hit them repeatedly until they died.

Riddick was freed on a $200 cash bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 11.