Time running out for gnome thief

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The man in this surveillance image may be involved in the gnome theft.

ALBANY, Ore. - Someone stole a hand-crocheted gnome from a community college art show.

Now the artist is seeking the public's help identifying a man seen in surveillance footage the night the gnome vanished - and offering not to press charges if the gnome is returned by Friday.

The gnome disappeared from under glass from the Linn Benton Community College Student Art Show on May 8 in Albany, Ore.

Garden gnomes can be home decorations - or even quirky sidekicks for soldiers deployed overseas - that are sometimes the target of petty theft in U.S. and European communities.