Calif. man busted for selling rustled cow costumes

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Associated Press

Posted on November 5, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 12:01 PM

REDLANDS, Calif. (AP) — Police in Southern California have busted a cattle costume rustler after he tried to sell the stolen suits online.

Redlands police say the two 7-foot cow costumes created for the Chick-fil-A chain were nabbed in separate restaurant burglaries.

The costumes turned up for sale for $350 apiece on Craigslist on Oct. 30.

An undercover officer arranged to buy the bovine attire in time for Halloween. When the seller produced the black-and-white outfits, he was arrested.

Forty-three-year-old Robert Michael Trytten, of Riverside, is being held for suspicion of possession of stolen property on $275,000 bail.

The costumes were valued by the restaurant at $2,800 apiece.

Police also recovered a pop-up canopy stolen from the restaurant. All the property was returned to Chick-fil-A.

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