12 December 2003
AMSTERDAM — The stolen street sign bearing the name Prinses Catharina-Amalia Plantsoen — named after the Netherlands future queen who was born on 7 December — has been returned to the Rheden municipality.
Police have arrested a 25-year-old Arnhem man in connection with the theft. The man claims he stole the street sign as a student prank, news agency ANP reported.
Princess Catharina-Amalia was born at 5.01pm last Sunday, the first child of Crown Prince
Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima. She is heir to the throne behind her father.
The town of Velp, near Arnhem, erected the street sign in a public park just two hours after Willem-Alexander registered his daughter’s birth and officially announced her name in The Hague. The sign was stolen on Tuesday night.
The apologetic thief admitted his crime to the cameras of an NCRV television programme on Thursday and a police officer who saw the broadcast, arrested him immediately afterwards. The man received an official reprimand.
[Copyright Expatica News 2003]
Subject: Dutch news