Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Blue and yellow 25-foot gorilla stolen from shopping center

STANWOOD, Wash. — Police in this town north of Everett are looking for an oversized but rather limp gorilla.

Owner Mike McDaniel said the 25-foot blue and yellow inflatable animal was cut from its tether at Viking Village after the air was let out because of high winds last Friday.

The overgrown ape, which was being used to advertise a hot tub sale at the mall, was more vulnerable to thieves because they could make an instant getaway, McDaniel said.

"If it's fully inflated, it does take five or 10 minutes for it to fully drain out," he said.

According to a police report, the last All Seasons Spa and Stove employee left the mall at 6 p.m., and the gorilla was gone when a night guard came to work three hours later.

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