Giant Dutch clog goes awol
The Hague - Dutch police in the eastern town of Enter are investigating the theft of the country's largest clog after it disappeared without trace from its main street, a police spokesperson said on Tuesday.
"We don't know who stole it, but it's disappeared," Rosita de Vries said of the clog, which at 4m in length and weighing almost two tons is the largest example of the Dutch icon, police said.
"It is a joke. We even received an e-mail announcing that the shoe will probably be back after Carnival," in mid-February, she told AFP, adding it was believed the shoe disappeared on Friday night or early on Saturday.
Police however failed to trace the e-mail and inquiries lead to nowhere, De Vries said.
"They [the thieves] would have had a truck to fly off with this shoe," which was about 2m high, De Vries said adding even if it was done as a joke, the thieves will "answer in court" for their actions.
Still worn today, clogs are carved from a single piece of wood and are as emblematic to the Netherlands as cheese, tulips and windmills.