Stolen giraffe statue returned to home in Shadyside

3 men apologize; no charges expected

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Three young men who stole Lulu Orr's 16-foot giraffe statuette out of her family's yard in Shadyside returned it and confessed their guilt to Mrs. Orr and her husband, Prentiss, who made the giraffe 29 years ago.

Mrs. Orr said the men, who were about college-age, had seen a news story about how the theft had upset the Orrs.

Mrs. Orr said the three men rang the Orrs' doorbell about 9 p.m. Sunday, explained the theft and gave back the giraffe.

"They said when they learned what it meant to the family, they felt so badly and they wanted to return it right away."

Mrs. Orr noted that the men could have left without meeting the Orrs.

"They showed responsibility," she said. "I'm very impressed."

Mrs. Orr called police and told them so they "know that it had been returned."

The Orrs are satisfied with the return of the giraffe and police are not pursuing the matter.

The giraffe, which until December was inside, will continue to be outside, though Mrs. Orr said the family will try to secure it "a little bit more" so it doesn't get taken away again.

"We never thought we'd see him again," she said, noting that her family is thrilled.

Pohla Smith: or 412-263-1228.

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