An Ohio woman stole a valuable container of frozen bull semen from her former employer and planned to use the pilfered seed to extort her ex-boss, prosecutors charged.
But suspect Karen Saum pleaded not guilty in a Springfield court on Tuesday to stealing a tank containing $110,000 of cattle sperm from Genetic Connections, which specializes in veterinary artificial insemination, TV station WHIO reported.
Authorities alleged that Saum, 45, was going to ransom the frozen semen in exchange for help starting a business.
An investigation launched by cops after the reported theft on June 24 led them to Saum's home, where they allegedly found the nitrogen tank in her garage on July 1.
Police said that Saum used her knowledge of Genetic Connections' layout to steal some of the most valuable bodily fluids on the premises.
"She knew where this semen would have been located," Det. James Hollopeter said, WHIO reported. "It was actually locked in an interior closet because it was more valuable that some of the other that they had out."