Cops, Canadian Officials Corral Bronze Cowboy Bandits at Border

A pair of outlaws may be headed for the hoosegow after they tried to smuggle a two-foot tall cowboy into Canada after snatching him from a Seattle shop.

The cross-border fuss began Sunday after the owner of an antique store on Seattle’s waterfront arrived at work and found the two cowboy-rustlers loading a 55-pound bronze sculpture—known as “Bronco Buster,” featuring a frontiersman atop a rearing steed—into their pickup truck.

The shopkeeper praised the men for their mighty fine taste in statues, and walked inside the store. When the shopkeeper commended a clerk for selling the $2,500 statue, he was met with a puzzled look by the employee, who said she hadn’t sold any statues that morning.

The shop owner ran outside and saw the bandits speeding away, but he was able to jot down the number of their British Columbia license plate. He quickly called police, who got ahold of surveillance photos of the suspect and the stolen statue, and contacted authorities at the Canadian border.

Canadian officials stopped the suspects and seized the stolen statue as they crossed the border near Blaine, WA.

Seattle police are now working with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on the case. Yeehaw!