Rare Feather Theft Was "James Bond Fantasy"
By Marshall Cutchin on November 27, 2010 7:03 AM (found on http://www.midcurrent.com/)
Twenty-two-year-old Edwin Rist pleaded guilty before a British magistrate this week and will be sentenced next year for stealing 299 rare bird pelts from the Tring museum last June 23rd. The court believes he may have made up to $30,000 selling feathers from the stolen pelts in the U.S. Rist's defense lawyer painted the young Rist as a clumsy burgler who only wanted to make money to buy a new flute.
"'When he first attended the museum he was moved by an obsession with fly-tying. He had this fantastic notion that he would write a book about fly-tying. He is a collector of these feathers. They are not just for dangling in the water, this elevated to an art in itself.'" From the UK Daily Mail.