Redlands police recovered two stolen cow costumes as part of an undercover operation. The two 7-foot-tall bovine costumes were stolen in separate thefts from a Redlands Chick-fil-A storage facility earlier this year, according to police spokesman Carl Baker. He said the costumes were valued at $2,800 each.
Last week, an officer spotted one of the costumes for sale on the Craigslist web site and contacted the seller. “When the seller told the officer that he had two for sale for $350 apiece, the officer replied that it would make the perfect his-and-hers costumes for him and his wife,” Baker wrote in an email.
Police met Robert Michael Trytten, 43, of Riverside, on Oct. 30 at a San Bernardino apartment complex in the 2600 block of East Highland Avenue, police said. Baker said Trytten denied stealing the costumes.
He was arrested, charged with possession of stolen property and taken to Central Detention Center in San Bernardino, where he is being held on $275,000 bail, according to online booking records. Trytten is due in court Tuesday.