4 Teens Busted in Ceramic Bunny Heist
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.
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.