A German cookie manufacturer has found itself the victim of a crummy theft.
The Associated Press reports that police are on the lookout for a giant golden cookie that was stolen from a sculpture atop the Bahlsen headquarters in Hannover. The 100-year-old, 44-pound biscuit went missing earlier in January, baffling authorities until this week, when a ransom note was mailed to Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper along with a photo of the apparent thief holding the sculpture while dressed in a Cookie Monster costume.
"I have the cookie! And you want it," the letter reads, according to HAZ via Spiegel.
The perpetrator is demanding that Bahlsen donate cookies to a local children's hospital, making the effort to specify that the cookies be "milk chocolate." According to a HuffPost translation of HAZ, if his demands are not met, the gold cookie "will wind up in the trash with Oscar the Grouch."
The ransom note is signed "Krümel Monster" -- "Cookie Monster" in German.
HAZ confirmed to Der Spiegel that the same letter was also sent to Bahlsen, which is offering a €1,000 ($1,347) reward for any information that leads to the culprit's capture. The thief has further stipulated that the reward money be donated to a local animal shelter.
And though the motives of the cookie thief may be pure, a spokesperson for the children's hospital is quick to remind the public that this is still a rather serious instance of extortion.