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4 Teens Busted in Ceramic Bunny Heist

By Potomac Local News June 24, 2014 1:50 pm

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STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. – Four teenagers sitting in slow traffic on U.S. 1 thought it might be a good idea to stop off at a plant nursery.

But while they were there Stafford County law enforcement authorities said the four teenagers from neighboring Prince William County decided to steal a lawn ornament – a ceramic rabbit.

Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said the owner of the Sunnyside Nursery received a cell phone call from a witness to the theft that occurred about 2:30 p.m. Friday. The owner then called 911 and had enough information to provide the sheriff’s office with a license plate number of a car that was suspected in the fake rabbit heist.

Stafford deputies located the car shortly thereafter on U.S. 1 and pursued it for a three-quarters of a mile. A separate incident – a car crash at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Va. 610 – was enough to slow down the rabbit boys, and that’s when police caught up with them and arrested them.

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Investigators learned the ceramic rabbit had been chucked into ditch about 300 yards away from the nursery where it was taken from.

The 16-year-old driver faces charges misdemeanor eluding, driving without a license, and conspiracy to commit petit larceny. The three others inside the car also face charges of conspiracy to commit petit larceny, said Kennedy.

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