"Easter Bunny" Jailed for Stealing Eggs
A man nicknamed the Easter Bunny by British police has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing 200,000 chocolate eggs.
This was reported by CNN.
Judge Anthony Lowe of Shrewsbury Crown Court in the United Kingdom sentenced Joby Pool to a year and a half in prison. According to the verdict, the convict will have to spend half of his sentence in prison, and the rest of the term will be spent at home under house arrest. At the same time, the previous six months of imprisonment, during which the case was being considered in court, will be counted towards the total term of imprisonment.
On February 11, 2023, Pool attempted to pilfer Cadbury Creme Eggs valued at around £31,000 (approximately $40,000 USD) from an industrial facility. He tried using a tractor to tow the trailer filled with eggs, but his endeavor was unsuccessful.
During the trial, Pool's lawyer, John McMullan, emphasized that his client did not resist arrest when the police sought to apprehend him.
"He stopped the vehicle when he realized he was being followed. He understood the game was up - he comprehended that the police were behind him - and he stopped when it was safe. He offered no resistance and was arrested," said McMullan.
The West Mercia Police humorously described the incident as the "great egg theft" while stating that they "saved Easter for egg enthusiasts."
Traditionally, Easter eggs in the UK are made of milk chocolate with a yellow and white fondant center. These delicacies are regarded as iconic in Great Britain and are exclusively sold during the Easter period.
The tradition of chocolate eggs dates back to 1873 in the British city of Bristol, where the original version was entirely made of solid milk chocolate. A few years later, Cadbury's produced its first Easter egg. However, the real popularity of Creme Eggs began in 1905 when the company started making them with their new chocolate, Dairy Milk. In 1923, various fillings, such as cream and bagels, were introduced to the Easter eggs.
Today, Cadbury sells 220 million Creme Eggs each year in the UK.