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SOS Rhino : In the News : Archived News : April 2000 : Rhino pinched from Radford restaurant
 

Rhino pinched from Radford restaurant

 
By SHAY WESSOL
Roanoke Times & World News
April 8, 2000

RADFORD - A rhinoceros weighing at least 300 pounds is on the loose in Radford, snatched away from its elephant companion.

City police believe the beast had some help in escaping and are looking for both it and the rhino-knappers.

The rhino had been part of the elaborate fountain sitting at the entrance to Macado's on Norwood Street. The large metal sculpture features an elephant spraying water from its trunk onto the back of a rhinoceros.

Assistant manager Ross Weeks said he noticed the absence about 2 a.m. Wednesday as he was leaving the restaurant.

"I thought it might have been taken for cleaning, that the water had made it all scaly or something," Weeks said. "I didn't think it was worth waking someone up for at 2 o'clock in the morning."

He called police later Wednesday. The last time anyone remembers actually seeing the rhino sculpture was about 5 p.m. Tuesday, and police speculate it would have taken several people and a large vehicle to actually move it.

"It's likely a fraternity thing. That's my guess," Weeks said.

Fraternity prank or not, Capt. Gary Harmon of the Radford Police Department said investigators would like to know who took the rhino and where it is being kept. It is worth about $ 5,600 wholesale, meaning charges for taking it would likely be felonies.

Macado's is offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest in the case.

Call Kevin Clark at 381-8332 or Brian Turpin at 392-4657. Shay Wessol can be reached at 381-1665 or shayw@roanoke.com.

 

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