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Tallahassee Teens Arrested for Attempting to Steal Azalea Park Lion Statue

Lion Statue
Posted at 6:02 PM, Apr 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-27 18:02:00-04

CRAWFORDVILLE, Fla. (WTXL) - Two Tallahassee teens are arrested in Wakulla County Saturday, for attempting to steal the iconic lion from Azalea Park. 

According to deputies, someone saw the teens with a truck in the middle of the park around 1:30 a.m. trying to remove the statue.

Before deputies could catch up with the teens, the lion was dragged 15 feet.

After they were arrested, deputies say the teens told them they were driving the lion back to Leon County as a part of a prank.

Theodore Bruner and Christian Strickland, both 18 years old, were arrested and charged with grand theft and criminal mischief. 

Deputies say they caused about $300 in damages to the park's grass, and the lion is valued at about $500.

Both Bruner and Strickland were released from jail the same day after posting a $1,500 bond.