We love local police blotters and their related stories here at The Occult Section. Usually they’re pretty boring and mundane, but every now and then we find a little nugget of paranormal awesomeness. Laura Pennace usually tackles these stories, but as she’s on a sabbatical of sorts, I’ll take this one.
Erie Police are on the lookout for bigfoot. Or at least someone dressed like the giant man-like creature.
And he or she might be carrying some copper piping in their bigfoot paws.
“Oh yeah, if you see anything, just give us a call,” Erie Police Lt. Lee Mathis said today.
On Sept. 5, the owner of a vacant home in the 100 block of Briggs Street reported a break-in.
The homeowner said copper piping leading to the home’s water heater and baseboards had been ripped out.
Also, the homeowner’s bigfoot costume was taken from a closet.
It’s not known how much the piping cost. But the bigfoot costume is estimated to be worth at least $120, Mathis said.
He said the homeowner didn’t indicate what he used the costume for or how long it had been in his possession.
“We are assuming it is a full-sized adult costume,” Mathis said, adding this is one of the most unusual burglaries the department has investigated.
“We usually don’t run across a bigfoot costume being taken,” he said.
Copper piping is well-known to be one of those items that gets stolen a lot (well, I watch a lot of “Cops” and “The Simpsons,” so if they are to be believed…). But I would guess that a Bigfoot costume would be pretty bulky to carry out during a robbery, especially if you’re also stealing copper piping. Maybe the burglar is just looking to have a really bizarre Halloween costume?