3 arrested for allegedly stealing massive chicken statue

July 7, 2013 at 10:21 AM

PALATKA, Fla., July 7 (UPI) -- Three men from Florida were arrested after they allegedly stole a 9-foot-tall chicken statue, strapped it to their truck, and went for a joyride, police said.

The escapade began at about 6 a.m. Tuesday, when a resident in Florida's Putnam County saw three people stealing the chicken statue, The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union reported.

The local sheriff's office said the suspects then hooked the chicken to a Chevrolet truck and pulled it down the rode for about a mile. Then, one of the suspects mounted the statue and and rode it.

After that, the suspects unhooked the chicken and fled the scene.

Putnam detectives arrested Darrin Luke Edwards, 19, Tyler Lee Jones, 21, and James Joseph Smith, 18, the next day for the stunt. Edwards was charged with grand theft and violation of probation, while Jones and Smith were charged with grand theft.

The bird, which suffered a lacerated leg, a cracked claw and scarred side, was later returned to its owner.

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