One of two missing gnomes returned

A Fort Wayne woman who asked for help after thieves got away with two of her 70-pound custom-made gnomes said one of them has been returned after her story aired on NewsChannel. 

This is an update to the previously published story below.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A woman who lives on the Northeast side is saying enough’s enough.  After two of her custom-poured, 70 pound gnomes were stolen from her front yard, she took things a step further.

Photos| Gallery of missing yard gnomes

Ellen Goeglein has been collecting specialty gnomes made in Atlanta for years.  The reason:  they remind her of her husband James.  Ellen paints them herself.  She told NewsChannel 15 she paints them to look like the Travelocity gnome:  red hat, white beard, blue shirt, and red pants.

Both 70 pound gnomes were painted exactly like this one.
Both 70 pound gnomes were painted exactly like this one.

The Goeglein’s say after the first two gnomes were stolen from their home, they chained the remaining two to their home and installed a motion-activated camera.  It also issues a verbal warning that the person is being recorded.  She’s also worried if the men might be armed and dangerous.  Since the thefts, Ellen says her family has been locking all of their doors, including the screen door.

Saturday night Ellen caught two men on camera attempting to steal one of the gnomes.  They got away empty handed.

Photo of two men attempting to steal the Goeglein's yard gnomes.
Photo of two men attempting to steal the Goeglein’s yard gnomes.

Ellen called police and filed a report.  If you know either of the men, call police.

Ellen said she’s not looking to press charges, she just wants her gnomes back. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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