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Music student gets the bird-skin blues; UKBULLETINS.

A STUDENT who stole 299 rare bird skins from the Natural History Museum to fund his studies and buy a flute has been ordered to pay back pounds 125,000.

Edwin Rist, 22, from the USA, was given a suspended jail sentence in April after admitting the burglary at the museum in Tring, Hertfordshire, in June 2009. He also admitted money laundering and yesterday, at St Albans Crown Court, he was told to pay back pounds 125,150 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Rist, who was studying music in London, took 299 skins and hoped to put his ill-gotten gains towards his studies, and a new flute.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 30, 2011
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