Patricia Rudalavage got her sidekick back, though peppered with bullet holes.
The city resident woke up Monday to find her prized, 400-pound gorilla statue snatched from her front yard and offered a $100 reward for its return – no questions asked.
On Thursday, two men pulled up to her home with “Greystone,” as she fondly calls the nearly 4-foot tall, hand-carved lava statue, in the bed of their pickup truck. The men told Mrs. Rudalavage they found Greystone at a makeshift shooting range on Salem Mountain in Carbondale Twp., about five miles from her home.
They went there to fire a few rounds when they spotted Greystone, who was pierced with bullets through his stomach, legs, arms, neck and head.
“He didn’t deserve that,” Mrs. Rudalavage said, who has a collection of gorilla statues and other jungle critters lovingly placed throughout her home and property at 44 Plum Ave.