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Dummy officer returned after teens make a deal

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ROOSEVELT — Officer Larry — the dummy used by the Roosevelt Police Department in an attempt to slow down traffic — is back on duty after spending nearly two months in the hands of teens.

Roosevelt Police Chief Rick Harrison said one of his officers was able to get two juveniles to come forward late last month with information about the missing mannequin's whereabouts. Larry was stolen after the window of his police cruiser was shattered in March as it sat along U.S. Highway 40.

The chief said the juveniles agreed to return the dummy if police promised not to seek charges against them.

"They said they didn't do it, but they'd pay for the window and get him back to us if we didn't charge them," he said. "We don't have any evidence (against the juveniles), just the fact that they knew where he was and they're willing to pay."

Harrison said during his captivity, Larry was shot numerous times with a shotgun by a third juvenile.

"He's a little bit holier now than he was," the chief said. "He's still usable, he's just not very pretty."

Harrison said the juveniles have agreed to pay for a new Larry; however, he noted that replacing the latex lawman with an identical model would be expensive — he's an old CPR dummy — so the department will likely purchase a cheaper dummy that's manufactured for target practice.