published Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Stolen elephant statue returned to Alabama restaurant

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Dan Robinson's restaurant, T Burger, sits just off Paul W. Bryant Drive and isn't immediately visible to someone traveling down that busy thoroughfare.

He mounted a 250-pound aluminum elephant on the roof hoping to grab the attention of potential customers.

Robinson had the $5,000 elephant shipped from Mexico when he opened the restaurant in February. It disappeared some time between midnight and 5 a.m. Sunday, apparently the victim of young thieves who climbed the building and pushed it to the sidewalk below.

The manager of a nearby apartment complex noticed the elephant while two young men were moving out of their residence off Seventh Street on Sunday, Robinson said.

Robinson was able to retrieve it and said he hopes that a contractor can repair the damage so it isn't noticeable from ground-level.

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