Actor Bill Murray got lots of laughs when he destroyed a golf course hunting for gophers in the movie “Caddyshack”.  But the damage done to a Mercer County home, allegedly by a man hunting groundhogs, was no laughing matter to the Pittsburgh couple that owns the house.

Cody Thompson, 33, of Mercer was arraigned last week on charges of criminal mischief, trespassing, and discharging a firearm into an occupied structure.

According to state police, Thompson “carelessly” discharged a firearm into an unoccupied structure while hunting groundhogs along Smith Drive in Jackson Township.

Although no one was in the home at the time, police say Thompson’s groundhog hunting caused more than $1,300 worth of damage to the home.


  • Curtain $20
  • Portrait and Frame $200
  • Dry Wall $25
  • Refrigerator $800
  • Drumstick Ice Cream Box $10
  • Double Pane Window $250
  • Ice pack $5

The bond for Thompson was set at $2,500.  He’s due back in court later this month.