ALICE RIVER, Australia, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Police in Australia said a forensic officer's "passion for Lego" led to the recovery of a Lego banana stolen from an art exhibit.
Townsville police said officers from the Forensic Unit were investigating a suspected crime scene in the Alice River suburb Wednesday when an officer recognized a banana sculpture made from Lego bricks.
The officer recognized the item as a sculpture by artist Ryan "The Brickman" McNaught, who suffered the thefts of several Lego sculptures from the Strand Ephemera sculpture festival in August.
"The forensic officer was over the moon to discover the artwork and if it was not for his passion for Lego and keen detective work, the art piece would have gone undetected," police said in a news release.
Police said a 17-year-old was detained at the scene on "unrelated matters."