Gnomes in gardens everywhere in danger

By Sarah KutaStaff Writer

POSTED:   02/16/2015 07:01:45 PM MST | UPDATED:   ABOUT 6 HOURS AGO


A gnome-napper sent this photo of "Elvis" the garden gnome as proof of life. The thief, who appears to be part of a larger gnome liberation

A gnome-napper sent this photo of “Elvis” the garden gnome as proof of life. The thief, who appears to be part of a larger gnome liberation movement, stole this gnome from the front yard of longtime Boulder resident David Smith. (Courtesy Photo)
Zsara deweyslastsummer002 JR1

Poem sent from gnome thief

You see me here

But go out fast

For I am gone

Free at last!

Many a snow storm endured

But not a thought you gave

While guarding your yard

Like a Roman Slave

These days are done

For a slave no more

My freedom granted

Go to the yard I am no more!

Thanks there be to the Gnome Liberation Front!

A gnome-napper is on the loose in Boulder.

Longtime Boulder resident David Smith got a sinister email last week that said his trusty garden gnome had been given “freedom” by a group calling itself the Gnome Liberation Front.

The location of Smith’s faithful lawn guard is currently “ungnome.” The bandit did not leave a ransom “gnome.”

Along with an eerie limerick, the thief sent Smith a photo of the gentle woodland creature, renamed “Elvis,” enjoying life in a new gnome community.

“I am so much happier now that I am no longer in your miserable garden,” wrote the culprit, conceivably plotting from “gnome man’s land.”

Smith said the small, hat-wearing man, previously known as Mr. Gnome, sat about 10 feet from the road on his property in the Rose Hill neighborhood, where Smith has lived for 20 years.

“It’s kind of red and orange, your typical tacky looking kind of gnome,” he said, laughing. “It was out in our front yard under our very large pine tree next to some bushes.”

Two other gnomes of a “similar vintage” were not taken from the yard, Smith said. It appears the pilferer was not operating under the “no gnome left behind” principle.

The thief declined to provide the Daily Camera with his or her real name via email, and hinted that another heist was in the works.

“Due to the fact that future missions are being readied for execution and others are in the planning stages, the Western Command of the Gnome Liberation Front (GLFWESTCOM) has ordered that all details regarding past and future operations must remain classified,” the sneaky swindler wrote.

When asked by a Camera reporter for proof of life, the person sent back a picture of “Elvis” next to Monday’s print edition of the newspaper.

Smith wondered if the trespasser was one of his neighbors, but said many of them don’t know his email address.

After researching the gnome liberation movement, Smith found an online submission formfor people to report “gnome captors.”

The website accepts donations and appears to argue against oppressive gardening.

“Thousands of gnomes are enslaved in gardens across America,” according to the site.

Though he was taking the theft in stride, Smith admitted he was a bit freaked out by the thought of someone coming that close to his house.

“In one sense, it’s kind of amusing, but in another sense, it’s a little bit unnerving,” he said.

He added that he’s had a few items stolen before, but he’s never received “taunting” emails and poems after the fact.

“It’s not so much the gnome being missing, it’s just kind of the violation of property and then the taunting,” he said.

Sarah Kuta: 303-473-1106, or


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Allegra Sleep Fine Art

Taos, New Mexico

deep fotografie

deep fotografie

Be ▲rtist - Be ▲rt Magazine



the world of art

Psychedelic Traveler

Your psychedelic travel guide around the globe


Just another weblog

Welcome To My World

A World Where Fantasies Are Real And Dreams Do Come True

All Thoughts Work™ Outdoors 5

Hiking with snark in the beautiful Pacific Northwest 2014 - 2018

In the Zone

Photos, art, and a little bit of lit....

power of h Weblog

I wish I'd been born seven hours earlier

The Naturarian

Everything Nature in NE Illinois / SE Wisconsin!

Paint Your Landscape

A Journey of Self-Discovery & Adventure

India Destinations

Exploring Best Indian Destinations for You

Before Sundown

remember what made you smile


Comics und andere Werke des Künstlers Denis Feuerstein


Bit of this, bit of that

Rants, Raves and Random Thoughts

Diary of a Shipwrecked Alien

Tom french's Blog

Tom French Art Blog


Music In The Key Of See


Fe2O3.nH2O photographs

Jon Wilson's 1920 to 1930

-from the bootlegging era to the great depression and bank robbing-


photography and other things

Bohemian Butterfly

Beautiful gardens, garden art and outdoor living spaces

Art by Ken

The works and artistic visions of Ken Knieling.

Global Art Junkie

A curated serving of the visual arts

andrei plimbarici

Calatorind Descoperi

Edward R. Myers Photography

Captured moments of life as I see it

M. K. Waller

~ Telling the Truth, Mainly


Historian. Artist. Gunmaker.

On The Road Again - 2016

Touring the USA on a Moto Guzzi Breva 750. Archives of our trips in 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 are also to be found here.

Cavalcade of Awesome

All Pax. All Nude. All the Time.


Welcome to My World......


Poetry, story and real life.

Gypsy Road Trip

Places to go and things to see by Gypsy Bev

All Thoughts Work™ Outdoors

Hiking with snark in the beautiful Pacific Northwest 2011 - 2013



artsy forager

finding the artsy


trying to capture the way

BEN TROVATO – Durban Poison

Columns, letters and rants

The Insatiable Traveler

Embrace Adventure. World Travel | Award-winning Photography| Inspiration | Tips

Stuff and what if...

Exploring writing and the creative randomness of life. Snapshots of moments.

%d bloggers like this: