Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 19th, 2008
A theft at a convenience store in Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, has an entire town on edge, but the bad guy didn’t get away with money.
Nicole Hosack, owner of Niki’s Quick Six store in Spring Church, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, says someone made off with the store’s mascot of sorts – a three foot tall wooden Sasquatch.
“They walked over to [the] Sasquatch while my employee was paying attention to wrapping up food. And they put [their] coat over it and walked out the door,” Hosack said.
The statue was a Christmas present for the owner’s husband and it became a popular photo opportunity.
“For someone to go and take something that means something so much to us, it’s just a shame, and we just want him back, we really do,” Hosack said.
A missing Sasquatch report has been filed with Kiski Township Police. The store’s owner is offering a $100 reward for the statue’s safe return. (KDKA)
My investigative detective eyes immediately have identified the missing “Sasquatch statue” as the ©“Bigfoot, the Garden Yeti” Sculpture, produced by Design Toscano. (Cryptomundo congratulates Toscano for changing their former unfortunate spelling use of “Big Foot” in their 2007 materials to “Bigfoot” in their present catalogue.)
Spring Church police should be looking for a statue that is 19½” W x 19″ D x 28½” H, weighing 12 pounds, and is valued at $98.95 (plus shipping).
The reward, therefore, is almost the same as the actual cost of obtaining a new replacement statue. But then, there’s the important sentimental value that this was a special gift, and well, that is p-r-i-c-e-l-e-s-s!
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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.