Bird skins thief ordered to pay back cash made from sales

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A STUDENT who stole 299 rare and irreplaceable bird skins from the Natural History Museum in Tring to fund his studies has been ordered to pay £125,150 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Edwin Rist, aged 22, from the USA, was sentenced in April for the burglary, which took place on June 24, 2009.

HH34'DS' Professor Ricahrd Lane of Tring Museum, with bird skins at the press conference at Hertfordshire Police Headquarters, wWelwyn Garden City.'He is holding the skin of a Trogon from Equador, an endangered speicies.

HH34'DS' Professor Ricahrd Lane of Tring Museum, with bird skins at the press conference at Hertfordshire Police Headquarters, wWelwyn Garden City.'He is holding the skin of a Trogon from Equador, an endangered speicies.

He was previously given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and a supervision order for 12 months.

Following a hearing at St Albans Crown Court on Friday he was also given a confiscation order to pay back £125,150, after also pleading guilty to money laundering offences.

This is the amount that it is estimated he later made by selling the precious bird skins, stolen from a private research area in the world-famous museum.