Criminals warned after eight-foot gorilla 'abducted' from nursery

Gary's 'devastated' owner Andrew Scott has issued a humorous appeal for the statue's safe return.

Eight-foot gorilla statue named Gary ‘abducted’ from Reynard Nursery garden centre in Carluke Andrew Scott

The owner of a Lanarkshire garden centre has issued a warning to thieves, after a “beloved” eight-foot gorilla statue was stolen overnight.

Gary the gorilla was allegedly stolen by a gang of thieves from Reynard Nursery in Carluke between the hours of 11.30pm on Sunday and 12.30am on Monday.

“Devastated” owner Andrew Scott has issued a humorous appeal for the statue’s safe return.

He has also warned that the thieves were captured by CCTV, allegedly arriving at the centre in a white van.

Mr Scott purchased Gary for £3,000 around a decade ago.

In a video posted to social media, Mr Scott said: “As many of you will know, Gary was an ape of few words, but he brought joy to ourselves and our customers – as well as being an excellent reference point for our delivery drivers.

“We ask you to keep a look out for Gary, in the hope that he is returned safely to his family.”

“He is described as eight-foot tall, with a grumpy demeanour and cataracts in his eyes,” he added.

Staff frequently dress Gary to match current affairs – he was covered in red spots when monkey pox hit the headlines.

“But our Gary wouldn’t hurt a fly – he also has distinct scarring as a result of a previous monkey pox infection.”

Despite the nature of the appeal, Mr Scott did confirm that Gary had been purchased for £3,000 around ten years ago, and hopes that the fibreglass statue is returned soon.

Police Scotland confirmed that officers had received a report of the theft of the gorilla statue from outside the centre on Mauldslie Road at around 8.35am on March 20.

The gorilla was stolen at around midnight on Monday.

A spokesperson for the force said: “Around 8.35am on Monday, March 20, we received a report of the theft of an eight-foot fibreglass gorilla from outside a premises on Mauldslie Road, Carluke.

“Enquiries are ongoing to trace those responsible. Anyone with information should call Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 0588 of Monday, March 20, 2023.”

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