Relief: Police recover stolen inflatable colon

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The 10-foot, 150-pound prop, worth $4,000, was stolen this month from the back of a pickup truck. (Photo: Police in Kansas City, Missouri)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — There was a sigh of relief after police recovered a giant inflatable colon that is used to teach about the dangers of colon cancer.

Police in Kansas City, Missouri, announced on Twitter Tuesday that a tip led officers to locate the “pilfered intestine” inside a vacant house.

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The 10-foot, 150-pound prop, worth $4,000, was stolen this month from the back of a pickup truck. It had been purchased by the Colon Cancer Coalition, which hosts walking and running events under a “Get Your Rear In Gear” campaign, and was stored at the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

There is a silver lining to the story. Donations poured in after the theft and the coalition was able to purchase two replacement colons.

Police say no one is in custody.