In a rather bizarre heist, someone stole a bronze biscuit from a sculpture outside of Bahlsen’s headquarters in Hannover, Germany.
An image of an individual dressed as Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster holding the stolen biscuit was attached to the first ransom note. But a second ransom note was released Monday, and the thief seems to have had a change of heart.
The shadowy “Cookie Monster” who has been holding the biscuit ransom has announced he will return the emblem.
The gilded bronze item, hanging outside the German headquarters of Bahlsen, a company that produces cookies, biscuits cakes and other treats, is a sculpture of two men holding a bronze biscuit, the Leibniz-Keks butter biscuit that Bahlsen manufactures.
The first letter demanded that the company deliver cookies to hospitalized children, but the most recent letter indicates a change of heart.
“I have the cookie! And you want it,” the letter read, according to the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung (HAZ) newspaper.
Police were not sure if it was the same cookie, or a real claim of responsibility.
The Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung received a second letter from Germany’s most-wanted cookie thief stating that the golden biscuit would be returned.
“Because Werni loves the biscuit as much as I do and now always cries and misses the biscuit so badly, I’m giving it back to him!!!” it reads, likely making a reference to baker owner Werner Michael Bahlsen.
The enclosed note is written in cut-out letters. The new note did not contain any demands from the Cookie monster.
In a message posted on Facebook on Thursday and addressed to the monster, Bahlsen promised to donate 52,000 packets of cookies to charities if the 20 kg (44 pound) golden cookie was returned.
Apparently, the thief does not want money. According to the ransom note, the thief wanted Bahlsen to “give all the children (at a local children’s hospital) milk chocolate cookies on one day in February — and not dark chocolate … and a golden cookie for the children in the cancer ward. … signed, Cookie Monster,” reports Spiegel Online.
A spokeswoman denied media suggestions that the theft and ransom note were part of a marketing stunt and said the firm was anxious to recover the emblem as soon as possible.
The biscuit was stolen from outside Bahlsen’s headquarters in Hanover. Both letters have been accompanied by photos of a person in a Cookie Monster costume sticking the golden biscuit in its mouth.
At first it was unclear whether the perpetrator would return the item safely, as he did not state that in the letter.
Fortunately this story has a happy ending. A “golden biscuit” stolen from a German biscuit manufacturer by a thief claiming to be the Sesame Street character the Cookie Monster has been found hanging from an equine statue in Hanover, reports the Telegraph.
German crime scene detectives in masks and rubber gloves, and aided by a fire brigade ladder, removed the 20 kilogram, biscuit-shaped ornament from a statue of a rearing horse outside Hanover’s Leibniz University.
Actually the “golden biscuit” was found just before a local newspaper received a second letter from the Cookie Monster saying that he would return it because “Werni” (Werner Bahlsen) was “crying because he misses it so much”.