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Boy’s 6-Foot Ninja Turtle Stolen

December 30, 1990

DALLAS (AP) _ A $50 reward is being offered for the safe return of Michelangelo - a 6- foot wooden Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle last seen wishing passersby a merry Christmas.

Four-year-old David Moor’s life-size statue was stolen just before Christmas.

″I felt sad,″ David said. ″Maybe the policeman will find it for me and bring it back.″

Rex Gash, David’s neighbor and a carpenter, said it took him four days to cut the wood and paint the replica of the character.

″I didn’t know what a Mutant Ninja Turtle looked like before I did this,″ Gash said. ″I watched the movie one night and made sketches the next day.″

Gash said he gave David the statue about a week before Christmas.

″He was just as excited as he could be,″ Gash said. ″He was jumping up and down.″

David and his mother, Nancy Moor, put the statue with a holiday greeting outside their home and it was stolen a few days later. Witnesses said they saw a car speed away with it. Gash is offering the reward.

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