Sutton placed the trap in the back of his truck and covered him with a blanket, since he thought the nocturnal animal would be happiest in the dark, then went back to work. He had called the city's animal control office to find out how to release him and was waiting to hear back.
When his boss at RFJ Meiswinkel Co. heard that Sutton intended to free the raccoon, he called him in to talk. Sutton thought he was just going to get a slap on the wrist. Instead, he was accused of theft and fired.