In Manchester, Conn., a suspect also made off with just one item during a June theft. But a police dispatcher had trouble relaying the crime report to officers, cracking up while trying to say a man jumped out of a car and stole an American flag from a man wearing a chicken suit.
The chicken-suited man had been dancing and waving the flag around outside a newly renovated Boston Market restaurant as part of his job.
And in Boston, police got involved in a different mascot-related caper after a July report that someone had made off wearing the Red Sox’s Wally the Green Monster costume and fled downtown.
Several officers began canvassing for the suspect after the call about a larceny in progress, and police also tweeted an alert.
‘‘Missing: Wally the Green Monster,’’ it said, adding, ‘‘If seen please call Boston Police.’’
By about 90 minutes later, police discovered that a team employee took the costume and didn’t tell a supervisor.
‘‘Wally the Green Monster is safe,’’ authorities then declared. And Red Sox Nation breathed a sigh of relief.