The Harlem Globetrotters have been reunited with their mascot, Big G, after he was stolen from their tour bus parked in downtown Vancouver on Monday night.
"He's very unique, very popular with the kids, so we're happy that Big G is back with the team where he belongs," said Brett Meister, senior vice president of communications for the team.
The team last saw the 10-foot tall inflatable mascot on Monday at 4 p.m. PT, when he was "safely tucked in to his case in the luggage compartment of the team's tour bus," parked at Hastings and Seymour streets.
By Tuesday morning, Big G was gone, along with his battery pack and the team's sound mixer, said Vancouver police.
Meister said the police found Big G almost by accident.
Vancouver police were tracking a stolen laptop through Craigslist, that led them to an apartment in Vancouver, said Meister. The laptop and other stolen items were taken to a police lockup.
"One of the officers who was on call that night heard the news [about Big G] and recalled in all that stuff, a black case," said Meister.
"He said, 'I wonder if that's Big G?'" Police opened the case, and it was.
Big G will be back on the court with the Globetrotters when they perform in Vancouver Thursday night.