Cops Find Stolen 400lb Slide in Kid's Bedroom

It was taken from local playground in December
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2021 3:25 AM CST
Updated Mar 12, 2021 6:24 AM CST
Cops: Man Put 400-Pound Stolen Slide on Kid's Bed
Lee poses with the stolen slide.   (Pasco Police Department)

A man in Washington state did an impressive job mounting a full-size slide on a child's bunk bed—but he's not going to be winning any Handyman of the Year awards. Police in Pasco, part of the Tri-Cities area in southern Washington, say the 400-pound slide was stolen from a local playground in December, WHDH reports. Dustin Allen Bushnell, 30, was arrested on a charge of possession of stolen property. Police say the slide was sawn off and repainted before it was mounted on the child's bed, reports KEPR. It was recovered by Pasco Parks and Rec.

Police say the slide was found when officers investigating the theft of catalytic converters obtained warrants and searched Bushnell's mobile home. Detective Julie Lee remembered the December theft of playground equipment, and "when she came face-to-face with a 400-pound playground slide inside a kid’s bedroom .... she knew what she had," the Pasco Police Department said in a Facebook post. Police say Lee also found stolen catalytic converters. (More weird crimes stories.)

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