5-Foot-Tall Toy Elephant Stolen In Highland Park

The stuffed elephant went missing during a store's sidewalk sale

By Megan Purazrang
|  Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013  |  Updated 10:38 PM CDT
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A 5-foot-tall toy elephant went missing just before 3 p.m. July 24 during a sidewalk sale at Sprout Kids and Beanstalk Toyland and Bookstore.

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A 5-foot-tall toy elephant went missing just before 3 p.m. July 24 during a sidewalk sale at Sprout Kids and Beanstalk Toyland and Bookstore.

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A 5-foot-tall stuffed elephant that has become part of a Highland Park children’s store's identity went missing Wednesday, and store owners have put out a public plea for help.

"Our friend, Ellie the Elephant, who has been standing outside of Sprout Kids for the past two years, welcoming families in to the store and putting a smile on the faces of Downtown Highland Park shoppers as they pass by, has gone MISSING," the store posted on Facebook.

The toy went missing just before 3 p.m. July 24 during a sidewalk sale at Sprout Kids and Beanstalk Toyland and Bookstore, in the 600 block of Central Avenue.

The stuffed animal in question, named "Ellie" by a local child contest winner, is a Hansa-brand gray elephant and is known by locals as a mascot of sorts for the store.

Anyone with information about the disappearance is asked to call SproutKids at 847-780-4827.

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