UPDATE: The giant inflatable cow that was stolen from a valley Chick-Fil-A restaurant over the weekend has been found. A tipster spotted the cow in someone's backyard.
Police showed up at the home and questioned the person living there. He said he bought it at a garage sale.
The cow, which is the only one of its kind in Arizona, has now been returned to the franchise owner and the tipster who found the cow is getting a pretty sweet reward -- free Chick-Fil-A for an entire year!
Our previous story is below:
A local Chick-Fil-A owner is reaching out to the community for help.
It seems there's a cow culprit on the loose...that giant inflatable Chick-Fil-A cow you've surely seen...the one with the big sign that says ‘Eat More Chicken’...gone...stolen.
Anita Roman has the story.
“Saturday night after the ASU football game...we took down our 24-foot inflatable Chick-Fil-A cow that says ‘Eat More Chicken’…and stowed it my truck for a few hours until we could get over to the storage unit.”
Local Chick-Fil-A Franchise Owner, Phil Thomas, says in just a few short hours the giant inflatable cow was stolen from the back of the Chick-Fil-A car.
“This is the only 24-foot inflatable cow in the state of Arizona, so we're definitely down.”
When it's up...the 350-pound cow is a staple in the community, making appearances all around town, from the campus of Grand Canyon University to ASU.
“I come here almost every day.”
Customers are shocked and pleading with the bovine burglar to just bring the cow back.
“I feel mad, but sad.” “I think it's horrible that someone would take a cow. What are they going to do with it? I mean you can't put it in front of your house.”
A police report was filed and an investigation is on-going.
The mystery surrounding the missing, massive cow...still unfolding.
“It takes a team of us to get this thing up and tied down. It also takes a team of us to take it down and roll it back up and put it in the back of the Chick-Fil-A truck.
The restaurant manager will give one free year of Chick-Fil-A sandwiches to whoever brings the cow home.
Thomas owns the restaurant at 16th Street and Camelback. He says just bring the cow back to him or any Chick-Fil-A for that matter...no questions asked.