Man Avoids Jail After Stealing Stuffed Chimpanzee In A Top Hat

5 April 2017, 08:50

Chimp in a top hat

A burglar has avoided jail after stealing £100,000-worth of stuffed animals, including a chimpanzee in a top hat.

Jason Hopwood, 47 was given a suspended for two years and ordered to work 200 hours' community service.

As well as the chimp, among the 18 stuffed animals stolen were lions, zebra and a giraffe.

Taxidermy burglary

DC Stuart Goss said: "This was a complex and challenging case and I was helped by colleagues across the MPS and Essex Police. I would also like to thank the media, as I am sure reporting of our appeal forced the criminals to abandon the stolen goods.

"This was not a random crime, this was a criminal enterprise and Hopwood was well equipped and well prepared. I am very proud to have been able to reunite the victim with these valuable animals and bring Hopwood before the courts.

"Cataloguing and exhibiting the stolen items was a truly unique and memorable experience, and this is certainly an investigation which will stay with me for years to come."

Sadiq Khan

Mayor Sadiq Khan Says Londoners Should Be Angry With Uber, Not TfL

Nick Ferrari received this call from an angry RyanAir pilot

Furious Ryanair Pilot Calls LBC To Reveal All About Working Conditions

Archbishop Justin Welby live on LBC

Boy In A Dress Is "Not A Problem", Says Archbishop Of Canterbury

Hillsborough mum Margaret Aspinall met survivors from the Grenfell Tower

Hillsborough Hero Meets Grenfell Survivors To Give Advice On How To Get Justice