Someone pulled off an awesome prank this week in Springfield, Oregon — 75 lawn gnomes were stolen and then “meticulously placed” around an unlucky Thurston resident’s front lawn. It was one of the lead stories on KVAL last night and made the front page of the Register-Guard today.
Even crazier, the Springfield Police Department is keeping all these gnomes in their office. “We need to get them out of here, Springfield Capt. Richarard 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.” From the R-G article.
The SPD has posted photos of the gnomes on its Web site and is having an open house on Tuesday for people to identify and recover lost gnomes. In the meantime, Springfield Tweakers will be running wild while Johnny Law has his hands full.
Normally I wouldn’t cover this stuff, but I haven’t heard much from Thurston resident, Karl the Mule lately (busy with something, I guess) and I don’t think it’s a coincidence.