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A burglar in a top hat stole cash and cookies from ice cream shop, California cops say

Burglar in top hat hits Eureka ice cream shop, police say

Security video shows a man in a top hat stealing cash and cookies from Living the Dream Ice Cream in Eureka, California, early Sunday, police said. Officers arrested Christian Bradford, 59, early Monday on suspicion of burglary.
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Security video shows a man in a top hat stealing cash and cookies from Living the Dream Ice Cream in Eureka, California, early Sunday, police said. Officers arrested Christian Bradford, 59, early Monday on suspicion of burglary.

Security camera footage shows a sharp-dressed man strolling through a Eureka, California, ice cream shop early Sunday morning.

The man, wearing a top hat and fancy leather jacket, nonchalantly checks something on a wall before ambling back out of view at Living the Dream Ice Cream around 4:30 a.m., the video shows.

According to an Instagram post by the shop, the man got away with a cash drawer and cookies. “Dare I say we got the best dressed criminal?” read the caption.

Eureka police, responding to an alarm and a call from the shop’s owner, who had seen the incident unfold via remote surveillance video, couldn’t find the burglar, officers wrote on Facebook.

It wasn’t a mystery for long. At 3:10 a.m. Monday, a Eureka officer on patrol spotted a man in a top hat and distinctive leather jacket, police wrote.

The officer arrested Christian Brandford, 59, on suspicion of burglary and violating probation, according to police.

“That’s a criminal for you. Stupid is as stupid does,” commented one person on the Facebook post.

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