April 21, 2009

Police: Men confessed to bronze pig theft

Police in southern California said two men confessed at police headquarters to stealing a $15,000 bronze pig from a restaurant.

Investigators said the two men, ages 34 and 35, came into Chula Vista police headquarters at about 2 p.m. Monday and confessed to stealing the 3-foot-tall statue from Miguel's Cocina April 5 before returning the item to its owner, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday.

Chula Vista police spokesman Bernard Gonzales said one of the thieves called the restaurant owner Thursday to say the pig theft was a prank and the item could be found outside the Fourth Avenue library. Officers found the pig hidden under a blanket outside the library later that night.

Gonzales said both men were arrested on suspicion of grand theft and conspiracy.