Gorilla will be missed: Police hunt thief who stole life-sized plastic ape from front garden where it had become much-loved local landmark
Police are hunting a thief who stole a life-sized plastic gorilla from a man’s front garden where it had become a much-loved local landmark for school children.
Chris Moss, of Frome in Somerset, discovered the ape had been stolen from his pond when he checked his home CCTV on March 6.
The shocking footage shows the brazen thief, who was dressed in a white hoodie, trying to rip the huge gorilla off the wall before returning with bolt cutters at around 2am.
Police are now appealing for information to catch the suspect in the bizarre act of theft and vandalism.
Police are hunting a thief who stole a life-sized plastic gorilla (Nella foto) from a man’s front garden where it had become a much-loved local landmark for school children
The shocking footage shows the brazen thief (Nella foto), who was dressed in a white hoodie, trying to rip the huge gorilla off the wall before returning with bolt cutters at around 2am
Mr Moss, an antique clock restorer, said that while the gorilla was not expensive, it carried a lot of sentimental value for the community.
He has since had people knocking on his door asking where it had gone and has now made an appeal for information on his Facebook.
Lui ha spiegato: ‘They came in at about two in the morning under my gate.
‘I’d stuck the gorilla down securely though so they spent about six or seven minutes trying to wrench it off.
‘After that they gave up, went away, and came back with tools.
‘Everyone liked it, it was a bit of a landmark.
‘I don’t think it was a random act of vandalism, the way they were doing it they weren’t drunk. If they were they’d have given up.
Sfortunatamente, despite being around two meters tall, nobody has seen the gorilla since it was stolen, which has left Mr Moss devastated
‘I’ve never taken much notice of crime around my area, I’m not a criminal myself so I don’t tend to pay attention.’
One user commented on his post: ‘People may laugh and make jokes but actually, that plastic gorilla brought a lot of joy to school children on a daily basis! My little boy will be gutted he’s not there anymore.’
Un altro ha aggiunto: ‘My little girl noticed it was gone this morning and was heartbroken.’
Sfortunatamente, despite being around two meters tall, nobody has seen the gorilla since it was stolen, which has left Mr Moss devastated.
Ha aggiunto: ‘Unfortunately I think it probably won’t turn up no. I’m not sure what I’ll replace it with yet, I was looking at a hippopotamus – but it’s a bit expensive.’
A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Constabulary said it had received a report relating to the theft of a large black plastic gorilla and urged anyone with information to contact it.