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About 80 gnomes soon may be back home in Greeley.

Police found the gnomes, often used as garden decorations, stashed in black plastic bags and surrounded by kids Saturday.

Police Sergeant Dave Adams said investigators don't think the kids stole the gnomes, but most likely simply found them.

Adams said police will call people who reported their gnomes stolen to come identify and pick up their pint-size friends.

Elsie Schnorr, who had 30 gnomes stolen from her front lawn more than a month ago, will be among the first to retrieve her gnomes. She says she can identify every one of them.

Police don't have any suspects, and neither does the Weld County Sheriff's Office, which also has received numerous reports of missing gnomes.