Man says he put rifle-toting statue near gas station

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Posted: Apr 21, 2015 7:44 AM

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man says he left a rifle-toting statue at a southern New Jersey gas station.

Burlington City Sgt. John Fine tells The Times of Trenton (http://bit.ly/1FbMTl1 ) the 37-year-old Langhorne, Pennsylvania, resident claimed responsibility Monday for leaving the 3-foot statue in the bushes near the gas station.

Fine characterized the incident as a prank.

Fine says the man was guilty of bad judgment, but not a crime and will not face charges.

Police say the statue could be interpreted to look like a person donning Middle Eastern garb holding an assault rifle.

They were alerted to the statue's presence Saturday by a resident who saw a video of the statue circulating on Facebook.

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Information from: The (Trenton, N.J.) Times, http://www.nj.com/times