FREMONT -- A thief rifling through a SUV parked on the lawn of a Fremont home ignored a checkbook, spare change, and an expensive pillow and went for the only sensible thing to steal: elephant dung.

Police say items were strewn throughout the Chevrolet Suburban -- which has a cow-patterned paint job and horns on the hood -- but the only thing missing was a bag of elephant dung.

It's unclear how the thief got inside the SUV but the theft occurred sometime between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning on 3rd Street in the Niles area of Fremont, police said.

Reached by phone Wednesday, the homeowner, Krysten Laine, explained.

"We got it as a gag gift in the mail at our business from an anonymous person," Laine said.

But why would a thief want it? "My guess, they thought it was a bag of pot," she said. "Maybe it's the new fad drug."

Would she like it back? "That would be awesome. It's a great gag gift. We were going to give it to someone else."

Now, "the joke's on them," she said.

David DeBolt covers breaking news. Contact him in Richmond at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.



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