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"Lawn shark" stolen from Nebraska's man front yard

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Posted at 9:28 AM, Jan 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-07 11:29:49-05

A lot of you have probably heard of lawn ornaments, or garden gnomes - but what about a fiberglass taxidermied shark? 

Larry Blackwell of Nebraska says his was stolen right out of his front yard and when he called police. Believe it or not, it took a bit of convincing when he told them that his "Shark" was missing. 

Blackwell bought the shark for $2,000 at an auction. He says he got the idea to put "Chewy" in his front yard after a friend told him about his fake deer that he'd move around to trick people into thinking they were real.

So Blackwell moved the 100-pound shark throughout his yard every two days or so - until Sunday when his wife called and said Chewy was missing.

The Cass County Sheriff's Department posted a picture of Chewy on Facebook, showing the fiberglass mold that has real shark parts, like its teeth and jaw.

On Monday night, the shark was returned by police, according to news station KOLN. Chewy was found only one or two miles away in a ditch, and is now missing part of his top and bottom jaw. He also has a broken fin and a missing eye.

Blackwell says it was probably just some kids: "I'm just glad he's back. I'm just glad he's back. Maybe some kids pulling a prank is all it is,” said Blackwell.

Larry says he is going to put Chewy in his yard again and get him repaired.