Playmobil sentry goes AWOL downtown

This Playmobil toy soldier disappeared from downtown Duncan Thursday. -
This Playmobil toy soldier disappeared from downtown Duncan Thursday.
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Downtown Duncan's smiling sentry has gone AWOL.

The latest edition of the giant Playmobil toy soldier that has guarded the Red Balloon toy shop for years vanished from his post on Thursday and his commanding officers want him back.

"We've not yet had a ransom demand," Red Balloon co-owner Phaedra Fairwell said Tuesday.

The black-red-and-silver-clad knight was on duty outside the Craig Street storefront Thursday morning as the Red Balloon opened for business.

But when employees went to bring the sidewalk display in at the end of the day, he was gone.

The five-foot six-inch soldier rests on a blue, roller-equipped pedestal. He has been on duty for about a year, following in the footsteps of a predecessor who had been patrolling the sidewalk for years.

Fairwell has no idea how he disappeared and would welcome tips from any and all who may have observed anything. Better yet, she hopes he may simply reappear as mysteriously as he vanished.

"No questions asked," Fairwell said. " We just want our guy back."

Call the store at 250-748-5545.

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