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Man Catches Thieves Nabbing Gnomes From Grand Ledge Homes


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – A Grand Ledge man took the law into his own hands early Tuesday morning when he helped police track down two young women he says nabbed gnomes from his front lawn.

"They pulled right up in front of the house in broad daylight and got out and grabbed our gnomes," says Dave White. "I came out as they were getting in the car."

White says he then got into his own car, called law enforcement, and followed the two women until police could corner the suspects in their vehicle.

"After I got their license plate number, they tried doubling back through the Meijer parking lot and did a couple of left turns," says White. "We sort of zig-zagged through our neighborhood…and then we went on St. Joe ‘till we got to Canal Road and then the Delta Township sergeant was waiting for them there."

Police say the two suspects had close to 30 gnomes in their car; all six that belonged to Dave White were returned. Grand Ledge Police Chief Martin Underhill says the suspects told his department they got the idea to steal gnomes from a movie, and thought it was a good idea to try it out in real life.

The two suspects have been charged with larceny.

Six of the gnomes have been returned to their owners. More than 20 still remain at the Grand Ledge Police Department.

Emerald Morrow is a reporter with WLNS-TV. She grew up watching David the Gnome and has a deep appreciation for lawn ornaments. Reach out to her on Facebook, Twitter or email at

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