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Dutch Tourist Caught Stealing A Cowbell In Bavaria

First Posted: 07/25/11 01:48 PM ET Updated: 09/24/11 06:12 AM ET

BERLIN (Associated Press) -- German police say a Dutch tourist was just a little too eager to get his hands on a real Alpine cowbell.

Police in southern Bavaria said Monday the 30-year-old stole the bell and collar - worth about euro200 ($290) - off the neck of a cow in a farmer's field southwest of Munich.

A passer-by witnessed the theft Friday and detained the tourist until police could get to the scene.

Police say the tourist, whose name was not released, says he was just looking for a souvenir.

He's been released after posting a euro500 bond.

Flickr photo by Rob Pearce