Stop! Seat thief!

Dan­ish man steals 12 pub­lic benches

Edmonton Sun - - COFFEE BREAK -

COPEN­HAGEN — Po­lice in Den­mark says a man is sus­pected of steal­ing 12 of Copen­hagen’s green pub­lic benches that Danes in­stantly as­so­ciate with the cap­i­tal city.

In­ves­ti­ga­tor Jes­per Ceder­holm says the uniden­ti­fied Dane, who was briefly de­tained Aug. 29, had con­fessed to steal­ing 12 benches out of a to­tal of 65 benches that have gone miss­ing and sell­ing them on­line.

The benches had been re­ported stolen since mid2016. Copen­hagen is home to about 3,000 of the green benches, which fea­ture a dark grey painted iron frame with wrought swirls and weigh ap­prox­i­mately 35 kilo­grams (77 pounds). They cost about 8,000 kro­ner ($1,250) each and were first in­tro­duced in the 1880s.

Ceder­holm said Thurs­day the case would now be brought to court af­ter a three­month in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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