Woman says flamingo thieves should volunteer for cancer victims

Woman says flamingo thieves should volunteer for cancer victims

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by KGW Staff and AP

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Posted on February 7, 2010 at 11:18 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 9 at 4:48 PM

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- The woman whose flock of 35 inspirational pink flamingos was stolen from her yard in Vancouver wants the thief to repent by volunteering for cancer victims like herself.

Peggy Connolly is recovering from cancer and friends had placed the bright colored flamingos in her yard to cheer her up during her difficult chemotherapy treatments.  But she looked out her window one day just in time to see a group of young boys tossing them into a car and driving off.

Police eventually tracked the flamingos down and recovered them from a garage near Connolly's home.  After learning that the stolen flamingos were found, Connolly said that if the suspect would agree to volunteer for a cancer support organization, she would not press criminal charges.

As another show of kindness, the Oregon Zoo donated new flamingos to Connolly after learning of the theft through the local media.  Zoo workers from Portland visited her home last week and set the flamingos on her lawn.

And that's not all -- the cancer victim said she received numerous other offers for free flamingos as well, but Connolly said she has plenty now, adding, "It really is fun. But it's exhausting."

According to a report in The Columbian, the teen suspect and a group of friends stole the flamingos as a prank. His older brother tipped off police after finding the flamingos in the family's garage. The boys' parents were out of town because of a death in the family.

The older brother gave police the stolen flamingos and deputies returned them to Connolly's yard last weekend.

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