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Chocolate ‘ransom’ demanded for mascot bear-napped from Park Ridge store

The apparent “bear-napping” of Truffles, the oversized stuffed mascot of Park Ridge’s Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, is being described as a “prank” by the shop’s owner.

“We understand he is not harmed and will return soon,” Linda Hills said of the fuzzy brown bear that normally looks out from a chair in front of the store. Hills said while she did not know where Truffles is, she’s “pretty sure we know who has him” and that there was no malicious intent in his disappearance.

Truffles went missing about 6 p.m. Feb. 15. An employee said a customer came into the shop and told her he saw someone stuffing the 4-foot-tall bear into a car and driving away. A two-page, hand-written note demanding 1,700 pounds of chocolate in exchange for the bear’s return was taped to Truffles’ chair.

Other Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory stores have been victims of bear-nappings. The Naperville store’s Truffles has been swiped four times in seven years. Jennifer Johnson

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