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Police use iCloud account to track down armed robbers at Florida Denny’s

Florida authorities used a victim’s iCloud account to track down three accused armed robbers at a Denny’s restaurant.

The victim agreed to meet the suspects, identified as Ellis Colon de la Rosa, Rafael Mayeta Castillo and Nomar Sanchez Figueroa, on Monday night to show the men electronics he was trying to sell, according to WPLG

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When the North Bay Village man got into Figueroa’s car with iPhones, sunglasses and laptops, one of the suspects allegedly put a gun to his head while the other two men took the electronics.

The three suspects then drove around with the victim, and before letting him go, threatened to kill him if he went to authorities, news outlets reported. Despite the threat, the victim went to police anyway and reported the crime, investigators said.

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Authorities used the victim’s stolen iPhone to track the suspects back to a Denny’s in Coral Gables. Police searched Figueroa’s car and found the victim’s stolen property.

The three suspects were arrested and charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and armed kidnapping.

The suspects are jailed without bail.

WATCH: King cobra drinks from man’s water bottle, reports say

Video footage from Southern India appears to show a slithering snake sipping some water.

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According to the Huffington Post, a video that is gaining attention online  shows a 12-foot-long king cobra, perhaps parched from extreme drought, raising its head to drink from a man’s water bottle while surrounded by wildlife rescue workers in a village in Kaiga township.

As one man holds the snake’s tail, another pours water from a bottle over the snake’s head before steadying his hand and placing the opening of the bottle near the cobra’s mouth. The cobra appears to drink the water as the man continues to pour the drink.

A severe drought has been affecting much of India since last year.

Despite their deadly reputation, king cobras account for fewer than five human deaths from India to Indonesia and they only attack when cornered or protecting their eggs, according to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

Read more at Huffington Post.

Uber reveals list of weirdest things left in cars, most forgetful cities

People Uber everywhere and often leave things behind, so the ride-share company decided to launch the The Uber Lost & Found Index on Wednesday. 

It details everything from the most common items lost to the most unique ones. It even cites the most forgetful cities and, yes, Florida made the list. 

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The most common left-behind objects are phones, glasses, wallets and sunglasses, but there were also some bizarre items left behind.

>> Man sues Uber for $45M after app's glitch leads to divorce

Uber said people forgot a lobster, a smoke machine, a bulletproof vest, an elf cut-out, a Taser, a vacuum, a grill set and 42 other bizarre objects. 

The company also ranked the most forgetful cities in North America. At the top of the list is Los Angeles, followed by New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Boston, Toronto and, rounding out the top 10, Dallas.

For reference, it created a video to give users a how-to guide to retrieve items lost in an Uber:

Why exactly is Trump hosting China president at Mar-a-Lago?

White House spokesman Sean Spicer wouldn’t say why President Donald Trump was hosting China President Xi Jinping at his Palm Beach, Florida, compound Mar-a-lago during a news briefing Thursday afternoon.

When asked specifically why the administration had picked the property for the April 6-7 summit, Spicer demurred. He simply said the location was just one of a host of issues agreed to by Trump administration officials and their People’s Republic counterparts, without offering details.

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Spicer said the location, as well as the length of the visit and the timing, were just three issues of numerous items that were the subject of “several weeks” of discussion between the two governments.

RELATED: Trump, China and Twitter: 9 tweets that likely irked PRC leaders

“This is what we arrived at,” Spicer said, referring to the two-day summit.

Spicer said the agenda will include a range of topics mostly focused on trade and security.

RELATED: How Chinese media are spinning Trump-Xi Palm Beach superpower summit

“We have big problems to address on everything from the South China Sea to trade to North Korea,” Spicer added.

Spicer was not asked why the Chinese president Xi Jinping chose to stay at Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa in Manalapan.

Young brothers electrocuted by downed power lines

Two young brothers were electrocuted Wednesday by power lines downed by strong winds that swept across parts of Texas, according to multiple reports.

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The boys, identified as Isaiah Lopez, 11, and Alex Lopez, 12, were with a third child before 6 p.m. when they encountered the power lines in a heavily wooded area near Fort Worth’s Oakland Lake Park, KXAN and WFAA reported.

Firefighters told WFAA that they found the power lines still active and arcing when they responded to the call. The boys were pronounced dead at the scene.

"This is never something we want to have to respond to,” Lt. Kyle Falkner told WFAA. “We can never talk about it enough, the need for safety around downed power lines. We're just starting storm season."

The downed line also started a grass fire, according to KXAN. Fire crews extinguished the flames before they could spread.

Severe thunderstorms, some that included tornadoes, hit north Texas and Oklahoma on Tuesday. Oncor, the local electric utility in Fort Worth, reported damage to its system after the storms went through, including in the Oakland Lake Park area.

The utility described the incident as a “tragic accident” in a statement released to KXAN and said employees are cooperating with authorities.

“The safety of our customers and employees is the foundation for everything we do,” the company said. “Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers go out to the family. We urge all our customers to treat every power line as if it’s energized.”

‘This is the face of domestic abuse’: Judge orders man to carry sign

A North Carolina man was sentenced to a unique punishment after violating his probation. 

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Joshua Hill said has has never abused a woman despite being on probation for doing so. In 2014, he pleaded guilty to assault on a female and domestic criminal trespassing in an effort to end a drawn-out court process, he told WFMY.

He was sentenced to a one-year probation and ordered to not have contact with the victim.

He pleaded guilty to violating the probation last week.

Judge Mark Cummings, of the Guilford County District Court, sentenced Hill to three days of jail and seven days of poster duty. 

For four hours each day for one week, Hill was ordered to hold a poster that reads, “This is the face of domestic abuse.” The judge ordered him to stand outside of a courthouse in High Point, North Carolina.

“It’s embarrassing, really,” Hill told WFMY. “I won’t be in anymore confrontations. Just ... walk away.”

“It’s the shame effect,” Judge Lawrence McSwain, a court official who was not involved in Hill’s case, told WFMY. “There’s research around the world and countries that tend to impose a shaming effect tend to have less recidivism and less crime ... The idea is that if we shame you, and you feel embarrassed, then maybe you won’t do this again.”

Read the original story at WFMY.

  

 

SpaceX successfully launches recycled rocket into orbit

For the first time in history, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s SpaceX is poised to launch a recycled rocket back into Earth’s orbit — a milestone that could drastically cut the cost of traveling into space and pave the way for a new era in space travel.

Musk’s private space company is scheduled to relaunch a Falcon 9 rocket — which successfully propelled the Dragon cargo ship into space in 2016 — from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Thursday, March 30.

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The two-and-a-half-hour launch window opens at 6:27 p.m. ET tonight and runs through 8:57 p.m. ET.

>> Related: SpaceX capsule returns space station science to Earth, lands in Pacific Ocean

 According to SpaceX, a “rapidly reusable space launch vehicle” could reduce the cost of traveling to space by a hundredfold in the future.

The part of the rocket that is being recycled is its main body, which separates from the top part of the rocket and then barrels back to Earth, NBC News reported.

So far, after 13 attempts, SpaceX has successfully returned eight rockets back to Earth.

But the Falcon 9 rocket launch will be the company’s first time reusing the same booster.

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, a SpaceX rival, was the first to launch and land the same rocket twice with its New Shepard rocket in 2016.

Check out the best April Fools' Day 2017 pranks

The beginning of April brings a slew of pranks to mark April Fools' Day. Here is a collection of some of the best pranks for 2017.

If you need ideas for your own April Fools’ Day mischief, check out the resources below.

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4-year-old has ‘date’ with police officer

A Massachusetts police officer had what the police department is calling “the best dinner date ever.”

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Sgt. Steven Dearth was grabbing a bite during his dinner break at a Panera Bread a few weeks ago when Lilly, 4, walked in with her parents and brother, ABC News reported

She went up to say hi to Dearth but then decided she was going to have dinner with the police officer instead of her family.

Dearth allowed the little girl to join him during his break. Afterward, he presented her with a junior police officer sticker and showed her his cruiser, ABC News reported.

She even asked the officer if they could have a playdate “in a few days,” the Hingham Police Department posted on its Facebook page

Uber teams up with Florida university to establish ‘safe rides zone' for students

Uber is teaming up with the University of Central Florida to help students get home safely after a night out on the town. 

The ride share app and university are creating a “Safe Rides Zone,” which includes the entire UCF campus, and will offer cheaper fares for students.

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The program will give students half off an Uber ride up to $10 and then $5 off any ride that costs more than $10.

Student Victoria Hehlile was glad to know the program was in place for students.

“All college kids go out, so you want to get home safely,” she said.

Students can use the program through the Uber app on their smartphone, thanks to a special code.

The “Safe Rides” program will run through June 30 on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Student Josh Gonzalez was glad to see a program in place that will help get him and his classmates home safely.

“We all like to party,” he said. “It’s going the extra mile to ensure that everybody has a safe, good time.”

Young man loses bet, gets taped to traffic sign

Drivers traveling in Houston on Wednesday called authorities after spotting a young man that was taped to a yield sign with his feet dangling more than a foot from the ground.

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The young man was identified by KHOU as Miguel Chavez. The news station reported Chavez lost a bet made on Tuesday’s basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Golden Gate Warriors.

Chavez and his friends posted videos of the process that left him taped to the traffic sign on social media. As Chavez stands on a stool, two young men circle around him with duct tape, leaving one hand free for his phone, until he is secure.

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The video later cuts to show authorities arriving to check on Chavez.

Authorities freed the young man and gave him a ride home, KHOU reported.

Petition prompts school to allow yearbook memorial for teen who killed herself 

A Texas school district has reversed its decision to deny a grieving family a yearbook memorial page for their daughter, who killed herself last week.

Hannah Rose Hollis, a 17-year-old senior at Pearland High School, had recently celebrated her acceptance into Texas A&M University, where she would follow in her older sisters’ footsteps in the fall. The celebration turned to heartbreak for her family and friends on March 19, when Hollis committed suicide.

“If she would’ve just known how much we loved her, she would’ve known it was a mistake,” Hannah’s sister, Holleigh Hollis, told KPRC 2 News in Houston

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Hannah Hollis’ death prompted students, friends and family to request a memorial page for her in Pearland High’s yearbook. The request was denied, students said.

The Hollis family told the news station the denial was based on the way Hannah Hollis died. 

“This administration tells us that they won’t make this page because they think that if children see it, then it will urge them to do the same thing,” Holleigh Hollis said. “I completely disagree with that.”

The denial prompted a student to create a Change.org petition, urging school administrators to change their minds.

“I did not personally know Hannah, but as someone who struggled with demons of their own, I am horrified that we cannot honor one of our own because of how this beautiful soul passed,” creator Ericka Chang-Kalandros wrote in the petition

Chang-Kalandros wrote that while Hollis’ death was a tragedy, her life was a blessing. The yearbook staff sought to “honor her beautiful life rather than romanticize her death.”

“The stigmas surrounding mental illness have never been more prevalent in our school than right now,” Chang-Kalandros wrote. “Because of these stigmas, we cannot honor our fellow classmate, athlete, and, most of all, friend. Not only will this page allow her friends and family to see that we are united as a student body behind them through these difficult times, it will also bring awareness to those who suffer in silence as Hannah did.”

More than 6,000 people signed the petition. Many of them gave written reasons for signing.

“I’m signing, because no one deserves to go through what she went through alone,” Hannah Armstrong, of Pearland, wrote. “The school needs to show that they will help and support anyone who needs it.”

“I’m signing, because, no matter the circumstances, this is a life gone too early,” wrote Diane Perthuis, of Houston. “She died of something that affects too many of our youth.”

“Mental illness is a disease like any other, and millions suffer in silence because of the stigma it brings,” wrote Sharon Shotwell, of Pearland. “She should be in the yearbook and honored like anyone else.”

Read all of the reasons people signed the petition here. 

The school decided, in the aftermath of the petition and after meeting with Hollis’ family, to allow the memorial page. A Pearland ISD school board member, Charles Gooden Jr., wrote on his Facebook page that the district’s plan all along was to determine the wishes of the Hollis family before moving forward with any memorial.

“Students were not told ‘no’ to their request to remember Hannah in the yearbook. They were asked to wait to determine the wishes of the family,” Gooden wrote. “Having dealt with the loss of my brother when he was 17, I see that as a totally reasonable request. We are just dealing with a misunderstanding.

“We have now learned that the Hollis family has expressed support for a memorial page in the yearbook,” he wrote.

School administrators also released a statement on Wednesday, addressing the issue.

“From the beginning, Pearland High School's and Pearland ISD's intention was and has been to allow the Hollis family time to grieve. We have now had an opportunity to visit with the family to discuss how to best honor Hannah. PHS will have a remembrance page in the yearbook for any Oiler they have lost, and this will include Hannah. We will continue to provide support for all students, and have Hannah's friends and family in our thoughts and prayers.”

Hollis’ obituary describes her as “one of the brightest, most talented and lovely young women anyone could have ever known.” Her family wrote that she fell in love with television cooking shows at the age of 3 and, as soon as she could read, “always had her nose in a cookbook.”

Her gifts went far beyond the kitchen, her family wrote, and when she was older, she worked as a summer camp counselor, caring for the youngest campers. 

“Hannah was generous with both her time and her heart, always putting others’ feelings before hers,” the obituary read

She was a gifted student and member of the school’s varsity golf team who also worked as a lifeguard. Having earned full acceptance to Texas A&M, she planned to become an anesthesiologist, according to her obituary. 

“Truly extraordinary, blessed with so many gifts, Hannah was the most amazing young woman and to know her was to know a truly beautiful soul,” the obituary read. “She will be loved and missed forever.”

New picture book will show black Santa with white husband

Most depictions of Santa Claus show a hefty white man with a white beard in a red suit with a hat to match. 

But one man is advocating for black Santa in a unique way. 

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Daniel Kibblesmith, a staff writer for “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” first tweeted his idea about black Santa in December, when he said he had decided he would only tell his future children about black Santa.

“If they see a white one, we’ll say, ‘That’s his husband,’” Kibblesmith wrote. 

Nearly four months later, Kibblesmith posted an update with developments of a book idea. 

The book, titled “Santa’s Husband,” is described as a “parody children’s book ... which tells the true story of black Santa and his white husband ... and their life in the North Pole,” according to a release. 

The book chronicles the men and explains that white Santa is often the face of the couple, as he’s seen out more frequently, while his husband fulfills other duties.

Cover art shows the interracial couple looking lovingly into each others’ eyes.  

Harper Design will publish the book in October. 

Kibblesmith has also authored “How to Win at Everything: Even Things You Can’t or Shouldn’t Try to Win At.”

Universal Orlando releases additional information, ticket prices for Volcano Bay

The much anticipated Volcano Bay Water Theme Park is scheduled to open on May 25th and Universal has just revealed more ways for guests to experience the park.  

The story behind the new, nearly-30 acre water park is that it was discovered by island dwellers called Waturi who were guided by a mystical fish. It was inspired by sites around the South Pacific.

Volcano Bay will have 18 attractions in four themed areas including a multi-directional wave pool, a sand beach, river raft ride and slides.

It is located near Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort and a short walk from Universal Studios Florida, Island of Adventures and CityWalk

Ticket pricing for non-Florida residents are as follows: 

Universal’s Volcano Bay 1-Day Admission Ticket (Starting at $67 per adult)

  • Allows guests one-day admission to Universal’s Volcano Bay. 

Universal’s Volcano Bay Express Pass (Starting at $19.99 per person) 

  • Universal Express, allow guests to skip Virtual Line experience and enjoy Volcano Bay’s rides at their convenience.
  • Universal Express Unlimited (unlimited Express ride access at participating rides within Universal’s Volcano Bay) is also available.

 

For more information and to purchase these brand-new ticket options, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.

Additional ways guests can enhance their visit to Volcano Bay, such as Cabana Rentals and Premium Seating Reservations, will go on-sale soon. 

Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

WATCH: Another eaglet has arrived, hatching at nest in DC 

 

A pair of American bald eagle chicks has landed at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington. 

The chicks are the offspring of Mr. President and The First Lady, and are named DC4 and DC5. The first one arrived Tuesday morning in the nest high above the ground in a tulip poplar tree, and the second hatched Thursday afternoon.

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The adult eagles are a mated pair and are the first American bald eagles to nest in this location since 1947, according to the Washington, DC Bald Eagle Nest Cam website.

Pittsburgh also welcomed an eaglet this week, the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania reported.

The chick’s arrival in Hays is almost nothing short of a miracle after a tree holding the first nest and egg was blown over in a storm last month. The eagles quickly found another tree, built a nest and laid an egg.

Will Trump build a 2,000-mile border wall? Turns out, maybe not

Candidate Donald Trump promised a “big, beautiful wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border. President Trump has repeated that pledge.

Trump’s border security executive order signed five days after he took office calls for “a contiguous, physical wall or other similarly secure, contiguous, and impassable physical barrier.”

Recent comments from Trump administration officials and other Republicans, however, suggest that a contiguous physical barrier may not come to pass.

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said this week that building a border wall in Texas would “cede” territory to Mexico because it would have to be built some distance from the Rio Grande. He also acknowledged the difficulty of building a wall in rugged West Texas, where the river dissects the Chihuahuan Desert, a moonscape of mountains and deep canyons.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly last month said that the wall would “take a multi-layered approach,” with parts of the border security strategy relying on electronic sensors — technology currently employed by the U.S. Border Patrol. He described “parts of the wall that you can actually see,” apparently because in those areas there wouldn’t be a physical barrier.

On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn told Texas reporters that Trump spoke “metaphorically” when he referred to a border wall. Cornyn said what was needed instead was a combination of infrastructure, technology and personnel.

“You’re going to have some places like Big Bend … where obviously a wall is not necessary and would not be useful,” Cornyn said, referring to the high canyon walls that rise from Rio Grande.

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, has also called for a “multi-layered approach” to border security. “I don’t think we need a 2,000-mile wall down there,” McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told PBS after returning from the Rio Grande Valley last month.

Government documents seeking proposals from companies to start construction describe a barrier 30 feet high, made of reinforced concrete or of “other material” such as fencing that would also be 6 feet deep to inhibit tunneling. Bids are due Tuesday.

Meanwhile, money to build the wall is not forthcoming. Senate Republicans are tapping the breaks on the Trump administration’s request for an initial $1.5 billion to build the wall.

Dog loses ears in fire, gets new friend

A dog has a new comfort friend after losing his ears in a truck fire.

Scooby was left in a truck as his owners were getting supplies at a food pantry. 

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The truck caught fire and Scooby was trapped. Another dog kept in the vehicle was able to escape.

Once rescued from the burning truck, Scooby was taken to BluePearl Veterinary Partners. Doctors there were able to remove melted plastic from his paws and treated his burned nose, but were unable to save Scooby’s badly damaged ears, “The Today Show” reported.

One of the technicians brought Scooby a Hello Kitty stuffed animal so he didn’t feel lonely. She also altered the stuffed cat by removing its ears, so it looked a little more like Scooby.

The stuffed animal is just what Scooby needed.

He’s been carrying around the kitty and sleeping on top of it.

Despite the surgery, techs say that Scooby can hear.

He’ll have to stay at the vets a little while longer for treatment, but then he’ll live with one of the techs until his owners are able to care for him, “The Today Show” reported.

Scooby’s vet bills are being covered by Frankie’s Friends, a non-profit that pays when a family can’t afford treatment for their pets. Its fundraising goal was $7,000. As of Thursday, the charity has raised more than $8,400.

Police: Man at Walmart urinated on 50 pairs of kids' shoes

A man faces misdemeanor charges after police said he urinated on 50 pairs of children’s shoes at a Tennessee Walmart, according to multiple reports.

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Hendersonville police arrested Philip Lightfoot, 50, on several charges, including vandalism under $1,000 and disorderly conduct, The Tennessean reported.

Walmart management discarded the shoes, worth $550, after the incident on March 5, WZTV reported. It happened during store hours.

Additional information on the case was not immediately available.

Lightfoot remained jailed in Sumner County on Thursday, according to jail records.

Woman charged after boyfriend accused of raping, killing her 4-year-old son

A mother was charged Thursday in connection with the death of her 4-year-old son in Butler County, Pennsylvania.

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MacKenzie Peters was charged with felony child endangerment in connection with Bentley Miller’s death.

Peters' boyfriend, 20-year-old Keith Lambing, is charged with criminal homicide and aggravated indecent assault in connection with the boy's death. 

According to a criminal complaint obtained by WPXI, Miller suffered abuse several days before he died. Police found a burn mark on the boy's hand, which police believe was from an iron. Investigators said Peters knew about the burn, but did not seek medical treatment.

The district attorney said he has no proof that Peters abused the child, but is not ruling out that she knew about past physical injuries. The complaint also said that investigators found drug paraphernalia in the motel room where Peters, Lambing, Miller and Peters' 4-year-old child had been staying.

Lambing’s mother, 43-year-old Kristen Lee Herold, faces charges of child endangerment.

RELATED: Woman charged in connection with 4-year-old boy's death; charges to be filed against man

The district attorney said Lambing had been watching the boy for a few hours at the Super 8 Motel in Butler while Peters was at work. According to court papers, Bentley suffered substantial injuries to his body, including cuts and bruises, and was sexually assaulted.

Investigators said Lambing called his mother, Herold, because the boy was in need of medical attention.

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Police said Herold was taking Bentley to his father's house -- not to a hospital, as initially reported -- when the boy stopped breathing.

Herold pulled into the parking lot of a credit union on Hanson and called 911, stating the boy was bleeding and unresponsive, police said.  

Police said that when the boy was taken by ambulance, Herold allegedly went back to the motel to alert her son and to help him escape. Police later confirmed that the boy died of severe blood loss due to forced sodomy.

Police said they found Herold and Lambing hiding in an attic in a home in Butler on Wednesday.

"It's unthinkable, what happened to this little boy," District Attorney Richard Goldinger said Monday. "We're just going to try to get justice for him and his family.”

221-pound gold coin worth $4.5 million stolen from Berlin museum 

A huge gold coin with an estimated value of $4.5 million was stolen from a museum in Berlin, Germany, early this week.

The giant coin, weighing 221-pounds and more than an inch thick, was taken from the Bode Museum early Monday morning.

It’s called the Big Maple Leaf and was issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007, the museum said in a statement.

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The monster coin features Queen Elizabeth II on one side and a maple leaf on the other side.

The coin was taken from a bullet-proof glass case that was “violently” smashed to gain access to the coin, officials said.

“We are all shocked that the burglars have overcome our security systems, which have been successfully protecting our objects for many years,” museum director Michael Eissenhauer said.

“We hope the perpetrators will be caught and the precious coin returned undamaged to the Coin Cabinet of the Bode Museum,” Eissenhauer said.

There were other valuable, much smaller coins on display that were not taken.

Police are still trying to figure out how the thieves got it out of the building, although they did find a ladder to a second-floor window behind the building, the museum said.

The coin was in the Guinness Book of World Records for its “unmatched” degree of purity, Reuters reported.

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