Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 27th, 2008
Meanwhile, hard at work in the field, Craig files this “away” report.
He sends along these Cryptomundo Exclusive photos.
Thanks to a Texas man, “Bigfoot” is again hanging out at Niki’s Quick Six.
The original 30-inch statue was stolen from the Spring Church convenience store, off Route 56, in June.
The finely-detailed statue was a Christmas gift to owner Nicole Hosack from her husband.
She also was upset because the mini-Sasquatch had become a favorite of her customers of all ages.
“People would come in to get their photos taken. And they asked when it was gone,” she said.
Last week one man was arrested for taking it. On Friday another man, who will attend today’s Bigfoot convention in Jeanette, intervened.
“I read about this on the Internet and I put the stories on the Web site I co-own, Cryptomundo.com,” said Craig Woolheater.
“I called her and told her I’d get her one if it didn’t come back. When I read last weekend that a man had been charged with taking it and it probably would never show up, I phoned the manufacturer in Illinois.
“Design Toscano donated one and I had it shipped to my friend in Pennsylvania so I wouldn’t have to take it on the plane,” said Woolheater, 48, of Mansfield – a community between Dallas and Fort Worth.
Woolheater’s plane arrived at Pittsburgh in mid-afternoon and he and a Bigfoot Society official – with the replacement Bigfoot – drove almost two hours to Hosack’s store.
Even though Hosack knew he was on his way, she was still stunned when Woolheater and his friend walked into the store carrying the new mascot.
By then the store already started to look like a party waiting to happen.
Two customers brought in balloons to celebrate the return of Bigfoot and to share in Hosack’s joy, she said.
“She’s been smiling nonstop,” Woolheater said.
“I was still surprised,” Hosack said.
“This is just nice. It’s something to know that people way out there know and they care,” she said.
“There’s so much negative stuff going on. And here we have people coming together,” she said.
So far police have made one arrest in the case.
Joshua E. Duncan, 32, of Ford City is charged with theft. He has waived the charge to Armstrong County Court and is free without bond.
Kiski Township police said Duncan and others, including two Marines on leave, on June 16 took the original 30-inch Sasquatch.
Police said the Bigfoot was pilfered under one of the culprits’ coats as joke.
But it upset Hosack and a large number of her customers.
Hosack and Woolheater plan to attend the Bigfoot convention today.
Source: ‘Bigfoot’ returns to Kiski store
By Chuck Biedka, Valley News Dispatch, Saturday, September 27, 2008.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.