$1,740 worth of stolen toy dinosaurs quickly recovered
These two dinosaurs were among objects stolen from Kaiserslautern, Germany's Gartenshau attraction on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013.
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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — It’s hard to hide a dinosaur —even a fake one.
Two teens and a 20-year-old found that out Wednesday night when they were nabbed by police with about $1,740 worth of plush and plastic dinosaurs and other toys they allegedly stole from a local business.
According to German police, the youngest of the accused is 16 years old and has dual American and German citizenship. The other suspect is an 18-year-old local, according to German police.
U.S. military police in Kaiserslautern had not heard of the case as of early Thursday afternoon and did not know whether the 16-year-old has any affiliation with the U.S. military.
A woman saw the trio late Wednesday evening on the grounds of the closed Gartenshau, a local attraction that features replicas of dinosaurs in a parklike setting near downtown Kaiserslautern. She called the police at about 10:40 p.m. to report that they had what looked like dinosaurs they were taking away.
Soon after, police found the three carrying several bags and large, black trash bags on a busy street, according to a statement posted online Thursday by the Westpfalz police. One of the alleged thieves had among his stash a triceratops that in a police photo looked to be about as tall as the wheel of a police car.
Another of the alleged thieves had a stuffed tyrannosaurus rex.
According to police, the three admitted to stealing the items from the store at the Gartenshau. Other items in their haul included children’s sunglasses, a toy snake and a pink, heart-shaped pillow with a cartoon bear on it.
The three now face criminal prosecution, according to German police.