Gnome nappers strike peaceful Port Townsend neighborhood

PORT TOWNSEND — April Fool’s Day ended last week, but for Robert and Janette Force, the mystery surrounding a purported practical joke lingers on.

Whitey, the newest “member” of their family, was gnome-napped from their Blaine Street home in uptown Port Townsend.

“We think it was an inside job,” said Janet Force, who discovered the decorative gnome missing when she and her husband returned home from work last Tuesday.

Whitey, who was last seen on the kitchen counter, is described as an albino gnome, approximately 11 inches tall and weighing less a pound. At the time of his disappearance, he was wearing a white shirt and pants, white pointed shoes and a white rounded hat.

Although Whitey smokes a meerschaum pipe and has a beard, the Forces believe he is underage, as they had only had him one week.


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