The Abilene Police Department said it is very happy to report that a 150-pound and 4-foot-tall Russell Stover Candies bear has been recovered after it was stolen over a year ago.
The bear was stolen during the overnight hours of Nov. 4, 2016, from in front of the chocolate factory in Abilene.
“This had become a running joke,” Abilene Police Department assistant chief Jason Wilkins said. “We followed several leads and it never worked out, so we are extremely pleased to return it.”
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It was not until the morning of Dec. 13 that a deputy with Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office made contact with someone who had information about the bear. Wilkins said this person was not responsible for stealing the bear, but rather just a citizen.
Investigators with Abilene police then traveled to Salina where they found the bear in a garage. The bear was in the same condition as when it was stolen in 2016.
The department has not released any other details at this time.