Big Al's Burgers and Dogs has an attribute unique in Fort Collins and, probably, on planet Earth -- a series of paintings that pay tribute to characters from the iconic '80s/'90s sitcom Full House. So you can imagine the heartbreak when someone stole the portrait depicting Joey Gladstone, portrayed by the brilliant Dave Coulier. But fortunately, this shocking tale has a happy ending. On Tuesday, Big Al's posted the following message on its Facebook page:
Help bring "Joey" home !! On Saturday night around 2:30 am a young man stole artwork from Big Als. He stole "Joey " from Full House by local artist Andrew Hembd. If you have any information on this please contact Fort Collins PD, Officer Nick Rogers 970-416-2944 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers 970-221-6868. Help us bring Joey home!
The Fort Collins Coloradoan reported about the theft, which was actually observed by employees; they saw a young man staffers reportedly recognized grab the Joey likeness and sprint down the block.
A staffer interviewed in a Coloradoan video describes the crime as "confusing and wrong."
Now, fortunately, the Coloradoan has good news to report -- although the details are strange and/or modestly insulting.
Yesterday, employees received an anonymous call that the Joey painting had been left by a church, like a foundling child -- except that it was encased in a black garbage bag.
Is the thief suggesting that Joey is trashy? How dare he! But the painting has been recovered. The house is full again.
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