New Philadelphia: If you see a nine-foot-tall dinosaur that doesn’t look like a place, the local garden center and the police want to know about it.
Two decorative velociraptors from Stutzman’s Lawn & Landscaping, 1138 Commercial Ave. SE stolen.
The first, Penelope, was reported stolen on July 23. Her husband, Pierre, was reportedly abducted on Wednesday. One day, he was seen lifting his head five feet above the ground.
“They have been here for at least five to six years,” says Anadele France, manager of the Garden Center. When we first brought them, they were for sale. They never sold. So, like something new, we put them next to the pond. The children really liked to see them in the koi pond.
Just as she attracted a couple of families for tours and paintings, so did a nine-foot-tall gorilla otis.
The lost carnivores cost $ 1,800 each. They are made of glue and netting.
When Penelope disappeared for the first time, the Stuttman staff suspected that she might have moved like Gaga. He said he expects France to be seen in the city center or on the pond again.
“After this happened, we looked around every day,” she said. When it first happened, I thought, ‘Well, maybe someone will move it.’ Maybe one of the gardeners was pranking our girls here in the garden. We looked up and down. I called every employee to confirm. No one sold it. It was flat.
Every day, Pierre was still alone. So when we looked down and Pierre went away, it was shocking.
“It sounds ridiculous, but in fact, someone took something of great value and a dinosaur or a car or something very important for someone,” he said. For retail prices, it is a very serious theft.
The company’s Facebook post took more than one person to pick it up without leaving any mark on Pierre’s theft ground. The rebar bar that held it down is not damaged, and there are no drag marks. Penelope also got up from her anchor on the bed with no sign of being dragged.
“Obviously there are brutal thieves,” the company said on its Facebook page.
Stuttman asked people to pay attention to velociraptors in backyards, public and private properties and retail outlets.
On Thursday, the store found a copy of what Penelope or someone else saw and photographed. French police say they are following his lead.
In addition to the theft of two Stuttman velociraptors, Bobcat and a trailer were stolen from a neighboring business at the same time.
Anyone with information about the theft will be asked to call the New Philadelphia Police at 330-343-4488 or Stutman at 330-339-4234.