Fla. FBI worker charged in dog theft

A civilian FBI employee from Florida turned himself in at the Dodge County jail to face a felony charge of stealing a bird dog.

Grischa Matthias Denmark, 42, of Wesley, Fla., bonded out of the jail later Tuesday after his lawyer negotiated his surrender, said Dodge County sheriff’s Capt. Tony Winborn. Winborn said Denmark is an information technology worker in the FBI’s Tampa, Fla., office.

Denmark, also known as Matt Denmark, is accused of stealing the German shorthaired dog when he was part of a hunting party in Eastman on Aug. 1. The dog is valued at $800, enough to count as a felony charge of theft. Denmark is accused of taking the dog between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. Winborn said investigators found security footage of Denmark loading the dog onto his truck.

Dodge County investigators took out warrants last week, Winborn said. Denmark’s attorney negotiated his surrender Monday. Bond was set at $3,000.

Winborn said he didn’t know why Denmark took the dog.

Another hunting club member met Denmark midway between Dodge County and Denmark’s home in Florida to pick up the dog Aug. 3, Winborn said.

The dog was fine and was returned to its owner.

An FBI agent who serves as the Tampa bureau’s media liaison did not immediately return a request for comment Tuesday.

To contact writer Mike Stucka, call 744-4251.