BEAVER (KDKA) — It was not quite a quest for the Holy Grail, but when a gallant knight disappeared from his post in Beaver County, they did call 911.
Once upon a time, in the shire of Beaver – actually was about 11:30 a.m. Monday – a knight in shining armor was standing at the gate protecting his castle – actually it was more like the Castle Toys and Games shop on Third Street.
It was then that a trio of rogues made off with him. They’d been lunching Alfresco when they’d spotted their prize.
“Somebody picked up our Playmobil dude, and walked down the street and stuffed him in the car,” said Linda Lyden, the owner of Castle Toys and Games.
Actually, it was a Mazda3 with Ohio plates.
Alas, Lyden, lady of the castle, was not amused.
“I was not happy,” she said.
Until word got ’round the County of Beaver, and Officer Rob Turyan came to the rescue. With the help of a tipster, he tracked down “sir knight.”
“They had seen the knight being unloaded out of a vehicle and being taken in the apartments down at Chippewa Village Apartments,” said Officer Turan, of the Beaver County Police Department.
“And thought he would look very good at their next party,” added Lyden.
The 4½-foot tall knighted Playmobil dude returned to his home in a squad car on Tuesday. Though beyond price, he actually retails for $1,000. He did suffer a slight leg crack in the caper.
The still unidentified alleged rascals, ages 21 to 28, may still face charges.
“He said at the time he thought it was a good idea,” said Officer Turan. “He’s decided now it’s not and wants do something back for the community.”