As unbelievable as it may sounds, someone took an entire roller coaster for a joyride in Ohio, and investigators are trying to figure out who did it so they can return the ride back to the fairgrounds it was yanked from.
The Go-Gator carnival roller ride, a coaster sitting on a purple and green trailer with alligator train cars, was apparently yanked from Union County Fairgrounds on Aug. 28, the Union County Sheriff’s Office announced on Wednesday. Someone in a white pickup truck attached their vehicle to the kids ride and drove off with it, all in broad daylight, ABC News reports.
The culprit was spotted by a traffic camera with the coaster attached to their truck; they're believed to be driving a white Dodge RAM 2500 (or larger) model with a flat bed with no visible front plate. The coaster trailer itself had a rear license plate, 22-1246A, which is registered in Maine.
There is no information about what the suspect, or even suspects, may look like.
Why would someone go off the rails for a ride like this?
The 20-foot-long ride is 35 years old and is worth about $35,000, according to a trade retailer. However, it’s worth more than money to people in the area.
It has sentimental value to residents in Marysville, who have ridden the gator train cars for years, according to ABC.
“This is my father's ride,” one user wrote in the comment section of the sheriff’s department announcement. “It's been in our family for around 35 years and has great sentimental value.”
Anyone with information on the missing coaster is urged to contact Deputy Kevin Rigano at 937-645-4110 firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lieutenant Mike Justice at 937-645-4130 email@example.com.
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