Stolen elephant statue returned to Tuscaloosa burger joint

Stolen elephant statue returned to Tuscaloosa burger joint

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This pink pachyderm was stolen from its home on Sunday as part of a prank. Source: WBRC video This pink pachyderm was stolen from its home on Sunday as part of a prank. Source: WBRC video
T Burger's owner Dan Robinson said the stolen elephant may have actually been good for business, since now more people know about the restaurant. Source: WBRC video T Burger's owner Dan Robinson said the stolen elephant may have actually been good for business, since now more people know about the restaurant. Source: WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

It's a tale as long as an elephant's trunk. Pranksters stole a 250 pound elephant off of a Tuscaloosa restaurant.

The theft of his elephant is one "to-go" order Dan Robinson could have done without.

"I didn't know it was on the menu and they certainly didn't pay for it. It was dine and dish," the owner of T Burger joked.

Someone stole one of the two pachyderms perched on the roof of Tuscaloosa Burger. It was taken on Sunday and returned Monday.

"I think it was more than one guy. Two or three guys doing it. It's not real high, so kind of easy access. Kind of childish if you ask me," customer Benjamin Bennet said.

It cost Robinson more than peanuts to purchase, paint and perch them on the restaurant's roof in February. So he wasn't laughing when one was taken as a prank.

The elephant turned up in the room of some students accused of trashing a nearby apartment.

Robinson says all the attention from the theft could actually now be good for business.

"This is definitely good for business. It kind of lets people know we're here," Robinson said.

He says more people than ever now about T-burger and the elephants sitting on its roof.

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