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75 Homeless Gnomes
Last month 75 gnomes suddenly appeared on the front lawn outside of a house in Springfield, Oregon. The police don't know where the gnomes came from, but they assume they were gnome-napped from other houses around town. It is one of the largest cases of gnome-napping anyone can remember.

The gnomes are currently being housed in the police station, although the police have warned that can only be a temporary arrangement:
“We need to get them out of here,” Springfield Capt. Richard Harrison said. “Every time I leave my office they’re sitting in my chair, working on my computer. I can’t seem to get rid of the darn things.”

The police urge anyone who is missing a gnome to come and claim it at the station. All the gnomes that don't get claimed will be put up for auction.
Categories: GnomesPranks
Posted by The Curator on Mon Nov 05, 2007
They just assume a crime has been committed? From the few reports on this I've read, they seem to have no evidence that any of the gnomes (and whatnot) were stolen.

If I were to do a gag like that, I'd just pick them up somethere used -- that certainly wouldn't be much harder than wandering around peoples' gardens finding and stealing gnomes.

And, assuming that they weren't stolen, has a crime been committed? Is it a crime to make an anonymous gift to someone? Where is the line between an anonymous gift and littering?
Posted by Taed  on  Mon Nov 05, 2007  at  08:56 AM
It's all a conspircy.
The gnomes wanted to be taken into the police station so they could tamper with evidence and tazer each other for fun.
Posted by DJ_Canada  in  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada  on  Mon Nov 05, 2007  at  10:40 AM
Sounds like the police station needs to call an exterminator to get rid of the gnome infestation.
Posted by RainOubliette  in  Pennsylvania  on  Mon Nov 05, 2007  at  06:01 PM
OMG! Will the hate, the harassments, and the humiliation of the Gnomes never stop!

Think of the children!!!
Posted by David B.  on  Mon Nov 05, 2007  at  07:18 PM
The police should beware of gnomes tampering with the equipment. Gnomes are infamous for "improving" an item and the item is made worthless. The steam-powered telescope comes to mind.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Mon Nov 05, 2007  at  08:53 PM
i love gnomes. They rule - literally.
Posted by Nona  in  London  on  Tue Nov 06, 2007  at  08:08 AM
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