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Crummy Thieves

Thieves really did take the biscuit when they made off with a giant gold-plated cookie from outside a cake factory in Germany.

The 30 inch high biccy - which weights nearly 50 lbs - has stood over the gates of the Leibniz factory in Bahlsen since it was founded in 1898.

Food experts say the snack is so iconic in Germany that its original name, Keks - after the English word cakes - has become German slang for all biscuits.

"It would be like someone stealing a gold plated cup of tea or bottle of HP sauce in Britain," explained one.

Police say they believe the biscuit was probably stolen as a joke and have asked the thieves to return it undamaged.

"The value of the gold plate is negligible and it isn't worth very much.

"We believe it might have been a prank but if so it is one that could have very serious consequences," said a spokesman.

A factory spokesman said: "This biscuit means a lot to us, our workers and our customers and it's worthless to the people who stole it.

"Once they've enjoyed their joke, I'd ask them to return it to its rightful place."

Company chairman Werner Bahlsen has put up a reward of 1,000 Euros for any information leading to the recovery.

German Herald





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