Realistic elderly mannequin fools New York police

The mannequin looked very realistic and even had skin blemishes to show its age.
SUPPLIED/HUDSON POLICE DEPARTMENT

The mannequin looked very realistic and even had skin blemishes to show its age.

New York police angered the owner of a realistic mannequin after breaking into a car to try and save what they thought was a dead woman.  

The woman was described as "frozen to death" by a caller on Friday morning (local time) in the US city of Hudson, New York, according to the BBC.

Police officers found the mannequin sitting in the passenger seat of a parked car with a seat-belt on, and wearing an oxygen mask. 

Police found the car covered in frost and thought the mannequin inside was a real, frozen woman.
SUPPLIED/HUDSON POLICE DEPARTMENT

Police found the car covered in frost and thought the mannequin inside was a real, frozen woman.

The mannequin was very realistic, police said. It was wearing clothes, glasses and shoes, and had teeth and what looked like liver spots. 

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The owner said he used the mannequin for medical training. 

The car was covered in snow and police said they thought it had been left overnight in temperatures of about -13 Celsius.

The owner was later found by police and complained about the police breaking into the car.

"It is my understanding that the owner was incredulous that we took action in this matter," police chief L Edward Moore said in a statement.

"He apparently was quite vocal and vulgar to my sergeant.

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"Just to clear the record, all citizens of Hudson should be put on notice that if you park your locked vehicle on the street on a sub-zero night with a life-size realistic mannequin seated in it... we will break your window," Moore said. 

 - Stuff

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