A koala peeks out form the top of a bag at the Upper Mount Gravatt Police station in Brisbane, Australia.
A koala peeks out form the top of a bag at the Upper Mount Gravatt Police station in Brisbane, Australia. (Queensland Police)

Police find fuzzy contraband in woman's bag: A baby koala

SYDNEY — Australian police have made an unusual find while searching the bag of a woman who was being arrested: a baby koala.

Police in Brisbane said that when they asked the 50-year-old woman if she had anything to declare Sunday night, she handed over a zipped canvas bag that she said contained a baby koala.

The woman, who was arrested on "outstanding matters," said she found the male koala Saturday night and had been caring for it since.

The woman was taken to a police station, while the koala — believed to be about 6 months old — was taken to a wildlife hospital in good health, though slightly dehydrated.

The baby koala weighs about 3 pounds and has been named Alfred.

"He's been on fluids but is doing well and will shortly be going out to a carer," RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said.

Thief takes $30, century-old scepter from cathedral

NEW YORK — Police are searching for a suspect they say walked out of a cathedral in Brooklyn with a 4-foot-tall gold scepter.

Surveillance video shows the suspect walking out of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Sheepshead Bay last week. It shows him trying to conceal the religious artifact under a knee-length jacket.

WCBS-TV reports the object is more than a century old.

Police say the suspect also stole another artifact and $30 in cash.


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Police say the items were found at the top of a stairwell by the superintendent of a nearby building, and have been returned.

Church leaders say they haven't had the scepter appraised.

Associated Press