As a hater of gnomes I read this article with some disbelief. It appears some people actually spend time stealing the things. The article is about a French man who was arrested in Brittany suspected of stealing over 170 gnomes. Apparently thefts of gnomes are becoming quite a problem along the French German border where people liberate the gnomes from German gardens and release them in France. The question still remains, why would you want to steal a gnome?