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Relief: Police recover stolen inflatable colon

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

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

The 10-foot (3-meter) long, 150-pound (68-kilogram) prop, valued at $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.

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