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Thief Apprehended in Last Summer’s Stuffed Bird Robbery at the UK’s Natural History Museum

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Bravo to this fall for providing some great museum burglary stories that haven’t just ended with us chiding lax security or reluctantly admiring a thief’s handiwork. Following last month’s “moss man” arrest, the news from the UK is that authorities there have captured the man responsible for last summer’s theft of nearly 300 bird skins from the country’s Natural History Museum (of their collection of somewhere around 750,000). The BBC reports that the suspect is a 22 year-old American man and “the majority of the bird skins” have been recovered. Why would someone take such a large collection of deceased birds? As we told you last year after the robbery, to sell off to collectors or worse, provide exotic feathers to dressmakers or even the makers of expensive fishing lures. So a year later, it’s amazing and very fortunate that it appears, according to this initial report, that most everything is still intact.

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