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Men punished for stealing the purple chicken

12:17 PM, Aug 26, 2013   |    comments
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SAN MATEO, Fla. -- Three men were arrested back in July for stealing a 9-foot-tall purple chicken statue and two of those men now have to come face to face with their punishment.

Darrin Luke Edwards, 19, Tyler Lee Jones, 21, and James Joseph Smith, 18, were each charged with a count of grand theft, according to a release from the Putnam County Sheriff's Office. Edwards was also charged with Violation of Probation.

The owner of the statue said he was getting ready for work Tuesday when he heard a commotion. He looked down the street and saw a pickup truck pulling his purple, 600-pound, aluminum chicken.

One of the men was mounted on the chicken, riding it down the road. They were identified through eyewitness accounts and video surveillance.

The chicken, which is valued at $2,300, sustained "a broken leg, broken claw and there was extensive damage to one side," according to the release.

Jones and Smith agreed through a deferred prosecution agreement to pay restitution to the owner of the chicken, according to State Attorney's Office spokeswoman Shannon Peters.

The agreement also requires the men to hold a sign for two hours on a bridge in Palatka.

The sign will read, "I stole the purple chicken," Peters said

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