'Cookie Monster' Steals Century-Old Cookie Sculpture

And sends two ransom notes

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 4, 2013 3:37 PM CST

(Newser) – A century-old, 44-pound cookie sculpture was stolen last month from outside a famous German bakery, and police have now received two "ransom" notes. Both included pictures of a person dressed as Cookie Monster putting the golden cookie in his or her mouth, Spiegel reports; the AP adds that the most recent note was written using cut-out letters. The first letter demanded that the company deliver cookies to hospitalized children, but the most recent letter indicates a change of heart.

"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. Bahlsen had offered to donate 52,000 packages of cookies to various organizations upon the statue's safe return, but he added that the company won't be blackmailed.

In this publicity image released by the Sesame Workshop, the character Cookie Monster from the children's program, Sesame Street, is shown.
In this publicity image released by the Sesame Workshop, the character Cookie Monster from the children's program, "Sesame Street," is shown.   (AP Photo/Sesame Workshop)
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