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05/26/2009
FOND DU LAC, Wis. -- Fond du Lac police are on the lookout for a gorilla—or at least a person dressed in a gorilla suit—who tried to steal large styrofoam bananas from displays at three Kwik Trip stores this week, WLUK-TV reported.

"Somebody dressed in a gorilla suit entered the store and was apparently trying to take a large banana that they had as part of a banana display," Police Capt. Steve Klein told the TV station. The costumed individual tried to steal the banana from the Kwik Trip on Park Street around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday and then moved on to another Kwik Trip store on Johnson Street and attempted the same crime.

"I laughed a little bit. I looked at our camera and watched it, had a few more laughs and I just let everyone know, ‘Hey, we have a gorilla on the loose,’" Kwik Trip manager Marissa Erber said. An employee at her Park Street store tried to unmask the ape and discovered the gorilla was a woman, but police still haven't ruled anyone out.

"She tried to grab it and leave the store with it, but the third-shift worker kind of convinced her to lay it on the floor and she ran out," Erber said.

But police said the banana beckoned again Wednesday night and the gorilla was caught on tape, returning for a third, more fruitful try. "The person walked in with the gorilla suit, yanked the banana down from the display and went out the front door," Klein said.

The Park Street store is planning to lay banana bait to try and catch the thief.

"We're going to hang it up again tomorrow and see what happens," Erber said.

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