By Lena Sullivan / AP Published 08/20/2011 18:22:00 | Views: 2556
Br'er Rabbit statue

EATONTON, Ga. -- It's not quite a storybook ending for four people who were charged with stealing a Br'er Rabbit statue.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office said 19-year-old Shaun Michael Bachman, 19-year-old Adam Bernard Beckstine, 19-year-old Austin Clark Coleman and 18-year-old Caleb Lawrence Reaves were charged in the theft.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the incident started as a prank "but went awry after the statue was damaged."

The 3-foot iron statute, which weighs about 250 pounds, was stolen from the grounds of the Uncle Remus Museum in Eatonton on Aug. 7. It was recovered a week later but its tobacco pipe and left ear were broken.

Br'er Rabbit is a character in the famed Uncle Remus tales penned by Georgia author Joel Chandler Harris.

By Lena Sullivan / AP 08/20/2011 18:22:00

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Linda 08/20/2011 22:18:50
I agree. This is overkill with a capital O. I can apprectiate a sheriff that wants to do a good job but throwing the book at teenagers for this kind of foolishness is silly. How about arresting some wife beaters or meth lab operators....
Carol Charles 08/20/2011 19:23:34
This was a prank, not a robbery at gunpoint, not a murder, not a rape, not arson. These young men will have their lives ruined if they are convicted of a felony. They absolutely deserve to pay stiff fines and serve hours and hours of community service, but how is it going to make Putnam county a better place if these young men lose their voting privileges forever or are unable to get jobs with a felony on their record?
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