Dutch man im­pris­oned for steal­ing plas­tic duck

The News (New Glasgow) - - FRONT PAGE -

THE HAGUE, Nether­lands — A Dutch judge has called fowl play on a man who ab­ducted and dam­aged a gi­ant rub­ber duck.

Pros­e­cu­tors say in a state­ment that the 45-year-old was sentenced Wed­nes­day to eight weeks in prison for steal­ing the one-me­ter (three-foot) high bright yel­low plas­tic duck from out­side the Goudse Eend (Gouda Duck) cafe in the cen­tral Dutch city of Gouda on June 23.

The duck toy was later found badly dam­aged else­where in the city, pros­e­cu­tors say.

The pros­e­cu­tion state­ment says the man will only have to serve two weeks if he un­der­goes “lifestyle train­ing.” A judge also ordered him to pay 740 eu­ros ($880) com­pen­sa­tion to the owner of the cafe.

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