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Easter Bunny Crime and Arrest Roundup

Now that Easter has come and gone, I am struck by the number of Easter Bunny-related crimes and legal stories I have read in the past few days. I feel these need to be summed up somewhere in the interest of furthering Easter Bunny jurisprudence and future Easter safety.

Below is a list of what I came across recently -- please help me build this list with other Easter Bunny-related matters I undoubtedly missed:

1. "Operation Hippity Hop," West Palm Beach, Fla., March 28, 2012

The West Palm Beach Police Dept. launched "Operation Hippity Hop," an undercover operation involving a police officer in a pink Easter Bunny costume. The bunny/officer stood on the side of a road with a sign reading, "Have a safe, hoppy holiday. Buckle up!" When motorists not wearing a seat belt passed by, the bunny secretly radioed a fellow officer up the street, leading to over 50 seat belt violations (carrying a $116 citation) in the first two hours of Operation Hippity Hop.

2. Arrest of Mall Easter Bunny on illegal prescription drug charges, Danville, Va., April 7, 2012

After a man hired to "provide Easter fun" as a costumed Easter Bunny at a Virginia mall started acting suspicious while on break, police walked the bunny away from the public area so he would be out of view and arrested him for illegally possessing prescription narcotics. 

3. Six-foot-tall Easter Bunny statue mistaken for stalker, Duisburg, Germany, April 8, 2012

Duisburg police were called to a resident's home on Easter Sunday by a worried couple who spotted a tall, intimidating prowler with a 'striking face' peering through their window. Police found that the suspect was actually an Easter Bunny statue measuring "about 1.80 metres tall, yellow shirt, blue check trousers, green rucksack and a 'striking face.'" Police good-naturedly arrested the bunny, which had been left as a practical joke, saying "We took him into custody but he hasn't said much yet."

Posted by Bruce Carton on April 11, 2012 at 04:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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