Plastic Penguin Thieves Nabbed

This just in to the Penguin Post. Prague police said on Tuesday that they had arrested three foreigners and charged them with  stealing  a penguin sculpture from Prague’s central Museum Kampa. The yellow plastic sculpture was one of an identical series of very cool looking penguins perched on a stone wall outside the museum on the Vltava River and illuminated at night.

According to Municipal Police spokesman Tomáš Hulan, the accused face potential prison sentences of up to two years if convicted. We think 5 years hard labor in Antarctica would be a suitable punishment.  The penguin disappeared June 4 at around 5 a.m. and the police began investigating the case two days later.

The thieves had to get past a two-meter high fence to snatch the penguin, police said. Hulan added the financial damage to the museum totaled Kč 70,000. “It only took the police four days to apprehend the penguin nappers,” the police boasted on their website.

The trio of misguided accused that are now “on ice” were reported to be a Russian, a Spanish speaker and a French speaker, all in their 20s.  The penguin sculptures are the work of the Italian-based Cracking Art Group, which specializes in placing unusual plastic sculptures in public spaces. The condition of the recovered plastic penguin after its six day ordeal was not given.

Glowing penguin sculptures outside the Kamp Museum are identical to the one taken by the penguin-nappers.



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