Blockhead nabs GJ Gumby

An inflatable Gumby, similiar to this one, was stolen from a Grand Junction home last weekend. The owner wants it back.

Somebody kidnapped Gumby.

Not just in the movie, but in real life — and Mrs. Tucker wants him back.

While gathering items out of her garage for a yard sale, Tucker, who preferred not to use her first name, happened upon a 7-foot-tall inflatable Gumby toy belonging to her daughter. It had been a birthday gift she received in the late 1980s.

Tucker thought the large and easily recognizable cartoon character would help attract attention to her sale. She blew it up and placed in the front yard of her Grand Junction home.

In the course of the sale, Tucker agreed to donate Gumby to a local youth group after her yard sale was over.

Saturday afternoon, Tucker was in the house when neighbors saw a truck drive up. Perhaps green with envy, a blockhead entered the yard, threw Gumby over the fence into his truck and sped away.

“Somebody kidnapped Gumby and ran off with it,” Tucker said, “It just shows how easy it is to steal something out of a yard, like a child.”

No ransom note was left.

Such vintage toys can be valued at more than $150. Regardless of the money, Tucker would like to make good on her promise to the youth group and she’d like to have her Gumby back.

She placed a classified ad in The Daily Sentinel this week which says, ““Missing from yard, 7 ft. green Gumby, 36 years old. If seen please send him home. You know where he lives.”

“It’s silly really, but I just want him back,” she said.



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