updated 9/24/2010 7:59:14 PM ET 2010-09-24T23:59:14

Call it the case of the flying hippo.

Connecticut police say a man stole an American flag from Waterbury's Town Plot Park and hoisted a stuffed hippopotamus toy in its place.

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Twenty-three-year-old Jeffrey Kovic, of Waterbury, was arrested and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail on misdemeanor larceny, criminal mischief and conspiracy charges.

Kovic was arrested Tuesday. A message left for his public defender Friday wasn't immediately returned.

City police tell the Republican-American of Waterbury that they're also seeking arrest warrants for several minors suspected of taking part in last week's prank and for damaging park bleachers.

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