Stomper, the Lake Erie Crushers’ team mascot, has been absent from games recently, but he should return shortly.
That’s because a thief made off with the costume’s head about a month ago, said Daniel Helm, vice president of business operations for the team.
Helm said he thought the head was taken as a prank. Someone took the head from a storage closet at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon during an event.
He said the team is working on purchasing a replacement head.
“We’ve got another Stomper on the way,” Helm said.
The head by itself is worth a couple hundred dollars, he said.
The thief was not caught. Avon police looked into the theft, but suspended the investigation, according to a police report of the incident.
“Fortunately they didn’t steal the person inside it, so we’ll be in good shape,” Helm quipped.
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