Police hunt thief who stole life-sized plastic ape from front garden

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 hunt suspected thief accused of stealing life-sized plastic ape from pond
  • Chris Moss, of Frome in Somerset, said it was stolen at around 2am on March 6
  • Ape was seen as local landmark for school children in the area for past two years
  • CCTV shows offender armed with bolt cutters after failing to rip it off wall first
  • 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

    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

    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

    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 hippopotamusbut 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.