Exeter, UK – Police officers in the UK have recorded the theft of cookies from their own police station as an official crime.
Cops at Devon and Cornwall Police’s headquarters in Exeter logged the theft after a tin of cookies went missing from their control room kitchen. The crime, which was recorded on February 28, 2012, remains officially unsolved.
Further information about the theft is not known, reports The Daily Telegraph, adding that officers suspect a colleague of the dastardly crime.
The Great Cookie Tin Robbery was unveiled after a Freedom of Information request was submitted.
Defending the peculiar decision to file the theft as an official crime, a police spokesman said all staff are encouraged to report stolen goods, no matter how little they may be worth. He added:
“In the spirit of openness and transparency these details are recorded and made available to the public through FOI requests. In the case of the biscuit tin it was recorded as a theft in the workplace but no formal investigation took place.”
There were plenty of other unusual items stolen from nearby police stations in Devon and Cornwall in 2012: A lace dress, hair tongs, two reflective vests, the petrol cap from a panda car, stab jackets, a set of car keys and eight DVDs were also reported missing. None of the items have ever shown up.
In 2011, the same force recorded the theft of a betting slip, an unwritten parking ticket, and a fleece jacket.