How far can a parent go to make their child happy? Well not as far as this one American man who stole a 400-pound (182 kg approx) slide from a children’s park to attach it to his child’s bunk bed.
According to a Facebook post shared by Washington district’s Pasco Police on March 10, 30-year-old Dustin Bushnell from Burbank was arrested after Detective Julie Lee came face to face with a 181-kilogram children’s slide inside his kid’s room. The case pertains to the theft of playground equipment from the city park at Tierra Vida last December.
However, this was not why detective Lee had entered Dustin’s house. The Pasco Police was on the lookout for thieves who were stealing catalytic converters. In this case, the thieves cut up a car’s exhaust system just so that they can sell the converter to a scrap metal dealer for the value of the heavy metals inside it. Pasco Police explained in its post that the metals are valuable, but the cost to the victim is more, including the purchase of a new converter, the labor to weld the exhaust system back together, and the hassle of driving around with straight pipes until it gets done.
The Pasco Police department’s Crime Prevention person provided some reliable information on some suspects in the thefts. As the team of police officers with the help of Detective Lee conducted the search and produced five search warrants, she found herself inside the suspect’s home in Burbank, looking for catalytic converters but instead, she found a gigantic slide inside his house attached to a bunk bed. She also found catalytic converters.
The police said that Dustin had sawed the top off the slide and repainted it as he mounted it on a bunk bed. He was booked into the Walla Walla County Jail on an investigative hold for Possession of Stolen Property, said the Facebook post. Detective Lee was particularly glad to found the stolen slide as she was pictured sitting on it with a child-like smile.
Netizens certainly found the police report interesting as the Facebook post has been shared over 320 times. One of the comments on the post read, “Yeah yeah we know that slide is going to end up in the Pasco police break room.”