French police arrested this weekend a 53 year-old man accused of stealing up to 170 garden gnomes. Der Speigel reports the story here.
Though suspicion had first fallen on the notorious Garden Gnome Liberation Front (website, in French), Der Spiegel reports that the thefts appear to be the work of the single individual arrested. Whew. I'm glad they've settled that dust-up. Gnome lovers everywhere will rest a lot easier tonight.