‘Rustler’ seeks ransom for safe return of Inveraray gnomes
Fears are growing for the safety of three individuals kidnapped in a brazen raid on an Inveraray home.
As reported in last week’s edition, a police investigation was launched after the gnomes were taken from a house on the outskirts of the town, near the A819 Dalmally road, between 8am on Monday August 27 and 8am the following day.
Matters took an even more sinister turn when the Argyllshire Advertiser received an anonymous note from someone claiming to have taken them – and looking for a ransom for their safe return.
The writer signed off as ‘The Gnome Rustler’.
A police investigation was launched in late August after three garden gnomes were taken from a property near Inveraray.
Then, on Wednesday of this week, the Argyllshire Advertiser received an anonymous note from someone claiming to have taken them – and looking for a ransom for their safe return.
‘The Gnome Rustler’ wrote: ‘It was stated in your newspaper of Friday September 7 that garden gnomes had been stolen.
‘This is not exactly true. They have been kidnapped.’
The rustler added that a ransom demand had been sent to the owner, though the nature of ransom was not made clear in the letter sent to this newspaper.
The note continued: ‘I have enclosed a couple of photographs so you can see that the gnomes are okay.’
On further investigation, the Advertiser discovered the gnomes were not, in fact, the ones stolen, leaving mystery surrounding the identity of the prankster – who had gone to no little effort – behind the stunt.
The whereabouts of the stolen Inveraray gnomes remains unknown.
The photographs submitted by the ‘rustler’ – which proved to be fake gnomes.