Garry the Gorilla finds his way home: Greensborough Police to reunite stolen statue with retirement community

Max Corstorphan
The Nightly
Beloved stolen gorilla statue found by police AirWing in Melbourne.

Police have successfully reunited a stolen gorilla statue with its rightful owners, bringing a heartwarming end to an unusual investigation.

The beloved statue, known as “Garry,” was snatched from a retirement community on St Helena Road at about 4pm on June 6.

Standing at 1.5 meters tall, Garry the Gorilla quickly became the subject of a determined police effort to bring him back.

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Garry the Gorilla has been found.
Garry the Gorilla has been found. Credit: Supplied/Victoria Police

Not ones to monkey around, Greensborough investigators put their best efforts into finding Garry.

After extensive investigations, they zeroed in on a house in Reservoir.

The operation took to new heights when the air wing was deployed for a flyover. From their aerial perspective, the pilots confirmed a gorilla sighting in the backyard of the property.

Victoria Police said: “Needless to say our pilots went absolutely bananas when they spotted Garry the Gorilla from their aerial vantage point.”

A search warrant was executed on Monday and Garry the silverback gorilla statue was safely recovered.

On Tuesday afternoon, Greensborough uniform police will return Garry to his post at the entrance of the retirement community, much to the delight of its residents.

The investigation into the theft continues, and anyone with information, CCTV, or dashcam footage that could aid the police is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.

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