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Going Ape 

Its owner is asking that the mechanical ape be returned, no questions asked.

Lowell Miller didn’t realize that his gorilla had been stolen from Sandy’s Sales on U.S. 1 until closing time Sunday. Miller thought his clerk had wheeled the ape inside, and the clerk thought Miller had.

Miller said he was amazed that anyone would steal such a heavy object. Valued at about $1,500, it has a cement platform and is equipped with motors that turn the gorilla sideways and make its arms go up and down.

State police have put out an all-points-bulletin on the primate, which they suspect may be holed up in some college students’ apartment.