Steve Rogers

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Assistant News Director/Assignment Editor; degree in finance and administration from Yale University; 35 years experience in journalism.

Stolen Elephant Returned to Restaurant

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Dan Robinson’s restaurant, T Burger, sits just off Paul W. Bryant Drive and isn’t immediately visible to someone traveling down that busy thoroughfare

He mounted a 250-pound aluminum elephant on the roof hoping to grab the attention of potential customers.

Robinson had the $5,000 elephant shipped from Mexico when he opened the restaurant in February. It disappeared some time between midnight and 5 a.m. Sunday, apparently the victim of young thieves who climbed the building and pushed it to the sidewalk below.

The manager of a nearby apartment complex noticed the elephant while two young men were moving out of their residence off Seventh Street on Sunday, Robinson said.

Robinson was able to retrieve it and said he hopes that a contractor can repair the damage so it isn’t noticeable from ground-level.