A German student found himself in court after spending a ‘night at the museum’ taking selfies with dinosaurs.
CCTV footage recently emerged of Paul Kuhn seemingly breaking into the Australian Museum in Sydney on May 10 at around 01.00am.
In the clips, the 25-year-old – who’s studying at an Australian university – can be seen strolling around the attraction, wearing one of the museum’s cowboy hats and taking selfies next to the displays and, most notably, inside the jaws of a Tyrannosaurus skull.
You can check out the footage of his night at the museum here:
According to New South Wales Police, Kuhn spent a good 40 minutes enjoying the country’s oldest, heritage-listed museum. He was allegedly able to gain access via some exterior scaffolding – the museum has been closed to the public since August 2019 for renovations.
New South Wales Police Detective Chief Inspector Sean Heaney told reporters on Friday, May 15, as per RTE News: ‘He certainly enjoyed his night at the museum.’
However, his Ben Stiller-esque adventure wasn’t as innocent as it appeared on the footage. Kuhn appeared in court on Monday, May 18, charged with two counts of theft: one for the cowboy hat, another for a further piece of artwork from the museum.
Prior to the court date, Heaney explained:
He’s taken some selfies with some of the displays. He’s also stolen a hat and a picture (from) the wall and eventually left… it’s very serious, we shouldn’t make light of this. We’re lucky he hasn’t damaged any historical artefacts or anything that is expensive in there.
As police tried to hunt down the student, officers released the CCTV footage to the public in an appeal for witnesses. Commenting on the comparisons to the 2006 family film, Heaney said: ‘It’s not going to be a movie producer knocking on your door. It’s going to be the NSW police knocking on your door.’
On Sunday, May 17, Kuhn turned himself in to Surry Hills police station at around 5.00pm, where he was charged with ‘break and enter’ and refused bail. Following his appearance in court, he’s since been granted bail as long as he surrenders his passport and adheres to a curfew, according to Reuters.
Museums across the north of the country have been reopening, however visits are currently restricted to two hours. Attractions in South Australia are currently set to reopen on June 8. Currently, lockdown measures nationwide have been loosened to allow bars and restaurants to open, albeit with appropriate measures in place.
I wonder if he met Jedediah and Octavius in his travels.
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