What’s in a gnome?

I’m not sure, but whatever it is, it inspired three Bartlett, Ill., teen-agers to steal 57 of them over the last six months and stashed them in a garage. It’s possibly the most bizarre prank I’ve heard of.

“We were just flabbergasted that anyone would take them,” said one victim of the teen gnome-goodniks. Which is why it’s the perfect crime, except that you have to put the damn things someplace. My question is whose garage it was and how did the owner overlook 57 gnomes? Did the parents just think, “Aw, Bobby’s collecting gnomes. That’s nice,” and not give it a second thought?