Woman charged with stealing bull semen

Martin Breiter poses beside his bull "Haeger" after the traditional bull race in Muensing, southern Germany, on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2008. Twenty four farmers and their bulls took part in the race, Martin Breiter won the final race. (AP Photo/Christof Stache)
Christof Stache

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - A western Ohio woman has pleaded not guilty to charges that she took frozen bull semen valued at $110,000.

Forty-eight-year-old Karen Saum made the plea Thursday in Clark County Common Pleas Court to charges of theft and of breaking and entering. She was arrested in July. She is free on her promise to return for future proceedings.

The Springfield News-Sun reports Saum is a former employee of a company called Genetic Connections. Authorities say a liquid-nitrogen tank with frozen sperm inside was taken from the company June 24 and found in her garage.

Even small amounts of semen can be valuable for cattle breeders depending on the bull's heritage and characteristics.