IT’S NOT every day you see a Leprechaun.
It’s even rare still to see a tall one.
However, that most unique of occurrences befell the people of Kenmore over in New York State back on July 23 – or at least, something to that effect.
It all started when Kenmore Police were alerted to a “Leprechaun spotted looting cars on Hamilton Boulevard”.
A quiet residential village, the news raised more than a few eyebrows, particularly after further details emerged.
Follow-up reports from police described "a red-haired man wearing a green shirt and possibly plaid pants".
Could the legend finally be coming true? Had a Leprechaun arrived at this fair shire, complete with his fancy shoes, green outfit and buckled hat?
More importantly, did he have that much sought-after pot of gold with him?
As Buffalo News eventually confirmed, via Kenmore Police Capt. AJ Kiefer, officers ended up charging a 36-year-old man with petty larceny after he was caught looting cards.
Arrested wearing a green shirt with bright orange hair, the criminal’s getup was a touch confusing given that St Patrick’s Day was some four months ago.
Standing tall at 5ft 11in in height, he was a little too lengthy to be classed as a leprechaun in the most traditional sense of the word.
He didn’t have a pot of gold either. Just someone else’s debit card.
It looks like the elusive hunt for a fabled leprechaun continues – but fans can rest easy.
One of the world’s foremost leprechaun "experts" recently revealed the Irish sprites are in good spirits despite lockdown.