Inflatable Snowman Victim Of Senior Prank

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Sunday night, someone took the towering, inflatable snowman from the corner of highways 87 and 260 in front of Chapman Auto Center.

The snowman was missing for several hours and then reappeared on the roof of Payson High School with a sign on its stovepipe hat that read, "Seniors '07."

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An inflatable snowman that usually sits in front of Chapman Auto Center, appeared on the roof of Payson High School Monday morning.

According to Mike Snively, the probation officer at Payson High School, the snowman was taken from Chapman's sometime after 11 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10.

"Frosty" turned up on top of a building at Payson High School Monday morning.

"It weighs about 150 pounds and takes three men to move it," said Buck Rogers of Chapman Auto Center.

"I don't know how they did it or how they were able to get it on the roof of a building at the school."

Both Rogers and school authorities are calling the snowman caper a "prank," but it could be an expensive one.

Chapman rents the inflatable snowman from Southwest Advertising and Promotions of Phoenix for $1,500 a month.

Rogers said there was damage -- two slashes, one about a foot in length, the other about six inches. He said the smaller of the two tears probably happened when the inflatable was being dragged.

He said there was an attempt by the teens to repair the bigger tear with safety pins. Staff at Chapman will probably try to repair the tears with duct tape and continue to use the inflatable through December. If it can't be repaired it will be returned to Southwest Advertising.

"We'll have to wait and see what they charge us to fix it or if we have to buy it," Rogers said.

Police officers were at PHS interviewing students about the theft Monday, Principal Roy Sandoval said.

Sandoval is not sure what disciplinary action will be taken. "It was something that was brought to the school," he said. "It wasn't done during school time. Once we know who is responsible, we will decide what to do."

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