Not So Fast: Deerfield's Beloved 'Zippy' the Elf Stolen by Real-Life Scrooge
Photo — Tammy Poisson/Facebook
DEERFIELD — Someone has broken the first rule of Elf on the Shelf, and now first responders in town have reached out to Santa to help find one of his own.
In an annual tradition, the responders place a lifesize elf named "Zippy" around town for the children to find and take photos with during the holiday season.
"We started about three years ago. We thought, 'wouldn't it be fun to do something for the kids around Christmas time,'" said Rescue Squad Capt. Cynthia Mchugh.
Sometime on Monday, Zippy, who should have been sitting next to the gate at Veasey Park, disappeared.
"This is not a joke or a game, we are very upset about someone choosing to ruin the fun for Deerfield's children," Deerfield Rescue Squad wrote on Facebook.
Mchugh said they believe Zippy was taken sometime between 1:30 and 2 p.m.
The theft has sparked outcry from the community.
Others are hoping it's just a prank.
Mchugh said the squad had hoped the person who took Zippy meant well but as time goes by they are not so sure.
"We were hoping it was a prank and we would find him somewhere else, but we haven't found him," she said. Police are also looking for the life-sized elf but so far, tips have been few Mchugh said.
"Most of the people have reported seeing him in Northwood but they have their own elf," Mchugh said.
The only vehicles that should be seen helping Zippy move are a red F150s, a blue minivan, and a blue Ford Focus. Zippy is not typically moved during the day, and if anyone sees the elf, they are asked to call the Deerfield police at 603-463-7258.