MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Allen Snyder’s garden gnome is OK in Pittsburgh.

The 14-inch tall red-and-white statue disappeared from Snyder’s yard in the spring, and Snyder has since received three letters allegedly written by “Gnomey.”

The latest letter, which Snyder received this week, included photos of the gnome in the company of Steelers fans attending a football home opener.

“You never took me to any games,” the note said.

The letter ended: “Have to go now. Boarding a plane. Now, finally, broadening my travels.”

An earlier letter included a request for bail money and included what appeared to be booking photos of Gnomey and another of the gnome in the back seat of a police car.

Snyder isn’t sure who’s pulling the prank but said his short list of suspects includes several gag-loving friends.

The plight of his gnome has gotten a lot of attention. Snyder said people are always asking if he’s heard from Gnomey.

“I never thought it would go this far,” he said.


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