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Playhouse hoisted onto top of car, removed from lot

A sedan drove away from a local business with a child's playhouse.

By RICHARD SHAW
Sun Advocate publisher

Two men in a sedan drove away from a local business with a child's playhouse on Saturday that reportedly wasn't theirs to take.

But Price City Police Department officials indicate that they doubt charges will be filed in connection with the incident.

Last week, a man apparently went into Four Seasons Homes and asked the owner of the business if he could have a small playhouse sitting in the front of the lot.

The owner told the man that the little house wasn't for sale and he left the lot.

But on Saturday while the owner was away, two men purportedly drove into the lot, entered the business and told the person in charge that they had made arrangements to pick up the playhouse.

Not knowing anything was amiss, the employee apparently told them to go ahead.

After loading it onto the top the car, the men realized that they didn't have anything to tie it down and walked across the street to buy something to attach the playhouse to the vehicle.

The business lot employee thought the scene looked funny and took a photo on a cell phone camera.

"The photo shows the car with the playhouse on it," said Price Police Officer Kevin Mele. "As we talked with some of the car guys in town, it appears the car was a late 1980s Oldsmobile or Pontiac."

Once the playhouse was strapped on the car, the men drove away.

The playhouse was something the business owner's father had built and it holds sentimental value, explained Mele. The owner said she had never given anyone permission to take it.

On Tuesday evening, the little house and the men who took it were located.

After interviewing the subjects, police determined that the incident was not a brazen crime, but an apparent misunderstanding.

According to police, the man who wanted the house is a mentally challenged person who recruited a helper to pick it up at the lot.

The unidentified subject apparently liked the little house and thought it could be something he could use.

The recruited helper reportedly had no idea that the man had not gotten permission to remove the structure.

The playhouse was traced by the police because the two subjects used a credit card to buy rope and the purchase led to the men's names being revealed, indicated Mele.




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