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Auction will be gnomeless (Oh give me a gnome...)
Gillette news record ^ | Thursday, September 9, 2010 | STEVE MCNAMAMEN

Posted on 09/16/2010 11:45:13 AM PDT by a fool in paradise

If you hoped to get your hands on some of the garden gnomes at the City of Gillette auction on Thursday, you’re out of luck.

The little guys will be hanging around the Gillette Police Department a while longer.

More than 100 garden gnomes that were supposed to be sold at the city auction were pulled from the auction block after Gillette police got reports that the gnome nabbing may have been more expansive than just northeastern Wyoming.

Three teenage girls confessed to stealing 143 gnomes from lawns in Gillette and Campbell County in May after Sundance police caught them in the act with the gnomes.

More than 100 lawn ornaments were not claimed by their owners and so they were supposed to be auctioned Thursday along with other unneeded city property.

But that changed following a call from the Arvada, Colo., Police Department.

The City of Gillette received several inquiries after a News-Record article about the gnomes being sold at auction was picked up by newspapers across the country. Most were from gnome enthusiasts that wanted to bid on them because, evidently, gnomes are a hot item.

But one of those responses was from the Arvada Police Department in Colorado, which also had reports of gnomes going missing earlier this year.

“The suspects here had been in that area, so now they want to make sure we don’t have their property,” said Joe Lunne, city spokesman. “So for the moment, the gnomes are off the (auction) block.”

The Police Department will continue to hold the gnomes in evidence until it can be sorted out.

Photographs of the gnomes now will be sent to the Aurora Police Department for possible identification by owners in the Aurora area. It’s unclear whether the teenagers will face charges in Colorado, Gillette police Detective Becky Elger said.

So what is next for the homeless gnomes?

“I don’t think we have a plan at this moment,” Lunne said. “We are kind of in wait-and-see-mode to see how many, if any, are from Colorado.”

The city most likely will not have a special auction just for the gnomes later this year, Lunne said. Thursday’s auction is the second for the city this year and it usually only has one.

The decision on what to do with the gnomes will most likely be up to Noland Peacock, the Gillette Police Department’s evidence technician. He could decide to do something with the gnomes if he needs the room for evidence, but he also could decide to wait, Lunne said.


TOPICS: Cheese, Moose, Sister; Conspiracy; Local News
KEYWORDS: auction; gardengnomes; gnomes; napl; prank

1 posted on 09/16/2010 11:45:15 AM PDT by a fool in paradise
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To: Slings and Arrows; JoeProBono

More than 100 lawn gnomes sit in the evidence room at the Police Department waiting for a city auction, where they will be sold, along with trucks, computers and even a front-end loader. But they are the most unique item at the auction, which is Thursday. - News-Record photo by Alton Strupp

2 posted on 09/16/2010 11:46:07 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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Previously...

Gnomes need a home
http://gillettenewsrecord.com/articles/2010/09/07/news/today/news00.txt
By STEVE MCMANAMEN, News-Record Writer
Published: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 12:29 PM MDT


3 posted on 09/16/2010 11:46:57 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: a fool in paradise

So the cops are keeping the gnomes so they can steal people’s underpants on their behalf ?


4 posted on 09/16/2010 11:47:31 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: a fool in paradise

I read a horror story when I was a kid about garden gnomes coming to life. I still don’t like the little devils.


5 posted on 09/16/2010 11:47:50 AM PDT by utherdoul
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To: a fool in paradise
If you hoped to get your hands on some of the garden gnomes at the City of Gillette auction on Thursday, you’re out of luck.

Its GNOMEAGEDDON.

6 posted on 09/16/2010 11:48:53 AM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: a fool in paradise
I wondered what happened to all my Gnomes.
7 posted on 09/16/2010 11:50:00 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: a fool in paradise

“So what is next for the homeless gnomes?”

Give them to gnomeless homes?


8 posted on 09/16/2010 11:50:34 AM PDT by jessduntno (The Victory Mosque will be built over our dead bodies over our dead bodies ...)
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To: a fool in paradise

“Gnome mas!”


9 posted on 09/16/2010 11:51:54 AM PDT by Adder (Note to self: 11-2-10 Take out the Trash!!!)
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To: jessduntno

Give them to a gnomeless shelter


10 posted on 09/16/2010 11:55:34 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask yourself,where does Saudi Arabia fit on a scale of "passive" to "moderate" to "extremist" Islam?)
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To: a fool in paradise

“Give them to a gnomeless shelter.”

Hahahaha ... you win ... gnome mas ...


11 posted on 09/16/2010 11:56:39 AM PDT by jessduntno (The Victory Mosque will be built over our dead bodies over our dead bodies ...)
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To: a fool in paradise

I was wondering why we haven’t heard from Dennis Kucinich lately...


12 posted on 09/16/2010 12:16:40 PM PDT by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: jessduntno
“So what is next for the homeless gnomes?”

Give them to gnomeless homes?


A gnomeless shelter.
13 posted on 09/16/2010 12:44:51 PM PDT by Cheburashka ("Tomorrow is another day." The first thing they teach you at calendar college.)
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To: Cheburashka

Rollin’ with my gnomies...


14 posted on 09/16/2010 12:45:42 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: Mmogamer

Witha pocket full of shells...


15 posted on 09/16/2010 12:46:16 PM PDT by Mmogamer (I refudiate the lamestream media, leftists and their prevaricutions.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Oh give me a home,
Where the garden gnomes roam.


16 posted on 09/16/2010 12:46:52 PM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Phase 3: Profit!


17 posted on 09/16/2010 12:49:35 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: a fool in paradise; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...
Usually it's only during Republican administrations that you hear about the Gnomeless.


18 posted on 09/16/2010 11:59:10 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

This could be an intergnational gnomeless problem.

Better call Ignterpol.

Or the U.gN.


19 posted on 09/17/2010 12:07:35 AM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality: Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: paulycy

o/~ Gnobody gnomes the troubles I’ve seen... o/~


20 posted on 09/17/2010 12:08:36 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

o/~ Oh the sugn shignes bright on my old Kegntucky gnome....


21 posted on 09/17/2010 12:24:59 AM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality: Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: paulycy

o/~ Gnome, gnome on the range... o/~


22 posted on 09/17/2010 1:55:37 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; paulycy
I've got a brother in Alaska.

Juneau? gNome?

'Course I gNome! He's my brother!
23 posted on 09/17/2010 2:07:05 AM PDT by shibumi (I have become everything I used to pretend I was.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; paulycy
,p>
24 posted on 09/17/2010 2:10:02 AM PDT by shibumi (I have become everything I used to pretend I was.)
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To: shibumi; Slings and Arrows

gnobody gnomes the trouble i’ve seegn...


25 posted on 09/17/2010 6:27:16 AM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality: Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: shibumi; Slings and Arrows

AHHHH!!! PLAGERIZER!!!

I failed.

Death.

;0)


26 posted on 09/17/2010 6:30:20 AM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality: Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Clowns, garden gnomes, who cares? I have statues of a bunny, a giant frog, and some huge mushrooms in my garden. Gnomes? [shudder]


27 posted on 09/17/2010 6:41:26 AM PDT by TheOldLady (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: TheOldLady

Gnome Chompsky just called. He said he’s gonna hang out in your yard...


28 posted on 09/17/2010 8:42:47 AM PDT by Grizzled Bear (Does not play well with others)
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To: Grizzled Bear

Good. I need a little target practice. Thanks!


29 posted on 09/17/2010 8:45:43 AM PDT by TheOldLady (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: paulycy

What a tragedy...

*steals_paulycy’s_wallet*


30 posted on 09/17/2010 9:08:41 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: shibumi

*rimshot*


31 posted on 09/17/2010 9:09:52 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
*steals_paulycy’s_wallet*

Then the joke's on you!

32 posted on 09/17/2010 9:10:11 AM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality: Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: TheOldLady

In her youth, my dog would try to chase garden gnomes. She was always irritated when they didn’t run.


33 posted on 09/17/2010 9:13:03 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

[chortle at mental picture] Cute baby antics.


34 posted on 09/17/2010 9:28:31 AM PDT by TheOldLady (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: a fool in paradise
Hmmm... 35 posts and not one mention of Travelocity.

We're slipping

35 posted on 09/17/2010 9:31:36 AM PDT by Gordon Pym
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To: Slings and Arrows

I’ve been accused of being a leprechaun or similar wee folk.
The thought that I could have been stolen by a bunch of girils..


36 posted on 09/17/2010 9:58:40 AM PDT by Darksheare (I shook hands with Sheryl Crow and all I got was Typhus and a single sheet of toilet paper.)
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