31 Jan '13, 1am
Thief steals German city's iconic golden cookie, demands cookies for local children's hospital for its return
BERLIN (AP) - Missing: One golden cookie, weighing around 20kg. Suspect: The Cookie Monster? The rectangular gilded bronze sculpture was part of a statue gracing the facade of German cookie baker Bahlsen's Hannover office. How the century-old symbol was taken remains unclear, but police say witnesses reported having seen two men with a ladder in the area earlier this month. The company has offered (euro) 1,000 (S$1,670) for information leading to the cookie's recovery. A police statement said a local newspaper received a picture on Tuesday showing someone in an outfit similar to Sesame Street's Cookie Monster holding a golden cookie. The sender wrote to demand cookies be delivered to children at a city hospital. Police aren't sure if it's the same cookie, or a real claim of responsibility.