(MARION CO., Fla.) – The Marion County Sheriff’s Office in Florida says they have recovered a hot air balloon that was stolen from Bloomington, Indiana.
Marion County Police say they received notice from the Bloomington Police Department on Saturday night that a hot air balloon that was stolen from their jurisdiction and was seen at The Villages Hot Air Balloon Festival, which was held Friday at the Florida Horse Park.
Photo provided by Marion County Police Department
Deputies responded and confirmed that the balloon in question was the balloon that was reported stolen from Bloomington.
The owner of the balloon just wanted his property back and chose not to press charges, according to police.
How the balloon got down to Florida wasn’t released.
In a Facebook post Marion County Sheriff’s Office said, “You’re going to think we’re full of ‘hot air’ when you read this, but for the first time in our 175 years of existence, we recovered a stolen hot balloon.”