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Stuffed menagerie, complete with lions, recovered from UK burglar
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Jason Hopwood is seen after his arrest for stealing 18 stuffed animals during a burglary in Wimbledon, in an undated Metropolitan Police booking photograph handed out in London, Britain, April 5, 2017. Metropolitan Police handout via REUTERS

 

LONDON (Reuters) - A British burglar who stole 18 stuffed animals including lions, a giraffe and a snarling chimpanzee in a top hat and tie has received a suspended jail sentence, police said on Wednesday.

 

The loot, which also included a stuffed rhinoceros, a crocodile, a sloth, a zebra, a penguin and a pink flamingo, belonged to a licensed taxidermy company and was worth about 100,000 pounds ($124,850) in total, police said.

 

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A series of stuffed animals stolen by Jason Hopwood during a burglary in Wimbledon are seen after they were recovered, in an undated Metropolitan Police photograph handed out in London, Britain, April 5, 2017. Metropolitan Police handout via REUTERS

 

Jason Hopwood, 47, had pleaded guilty to burglary and fraudulent use of a registration plate. He was sentenced to 21 months in jail, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 200 hours of community service work.

 

The animals were stolen in March last year from a warehouse in Wimbledon, southwest London.

 

After receiving an anonymous tip-off, police found an abandoned van in Essex, east of London, with all 18 animals inside and sticky patches where fake number plates had been attached.

 

Hopwood was subsequently identified as the van's owner.

 

"Cataloguing and exhibiting the stolen items was a truly unique and memorable experience, and this is certainly an investigation which will stay with me for years to come," said Detective Constable Stuart Goss of London's Metropolitan Police.

 

(Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Stephen Addison)

 
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I wouldn't be interesting to look inside the mind of the burglar (though why he chose to steal this stuff is fascinating) but rather inside the mind of the type of people who would want to buy these items. In all honesty the company would have been better off letting them be stolen and claiming the insurance. I am not sure how long it will take to sell them legally. Disgusting really.

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