The White Tiger27th March 2012
A matter of grave importance has been brought to the attention of the great and illustrious West Coburg Cricket Club by the one and only Phantom - known to his friends as Phant.
Police are investigating the theft of a stuffed white tiger toy from the front porch of a Pascoe Vale South home in the early hours of Monday morning following West Coburg's loss in the Grand Final on Sunday.
Sgt Ray Freeman from the Brunswick Police station reported that they expect an early arrest.
The perpetrator was described as a young man with an obvious mobility problem in that he was unable to walk in a straight line.
He also has a speech impediment as evidenced by the difficulty that he had forming proper words.
Sgt Freeman stated that a young man with these obvious disabilities should not be difficult to track down and bring to justice.
In what at first seemed an unrelated sighting, a young man with similar mobility and speech impediments and clutching a white tiger, was seen in the Sydney Road precinct on Monday afternoon with members of the West Coburg Cricket Club who were indulging in "Mad Monday" celebrations.
Police now suspect that the two incidents may be related.
In a follow up statement, Sgt Freeman has stated that they have asked their counterparts in South Australia to investigate whether any similar incidents have occurred in that State as the young man sought by police in relation to this heinous crime was heard trying to teach the white stuffed tiger toy to say "Go Redbacks".
In a happy ending to this terrifying abduction, a young Pascoe Vale South woman has praised her brave brother Alex, a promising young player with the West Coburg Redbacks Cricket Club, in managing to save her prized, white stuffed tiger toy, which was stolen from the front porch of their family home in the early hours of Monday morning.
Sgt Freeman said, with a tear in his eye, that such bravery by young Alex, in the face of severe adversity and personal physical harm, should not go unrewarded.
As a result, a National Bravery Medal was expected to be awarded to Alex at Government House in April.
However, in a late development, Sgt Freeman has suggested that the award ceremony is to be delayed pending further investigations into whether this may have been an inside job, citing that the perpetrator apparently knew that the tiger's name was Simba.
Our very own Phantom has said that he will keep West Coburg members updated as to any further developments in this intriguing case, said to be one of Pascoe Vale South's greatest mysteries.