Some area residents called the Thurston's Restaurant bowling alley in Frankfort on Friday night wanting to bowl, but there was one major problem.
All but one of the estimated 150 bowling balls were nowhere to be found.
Alicia Gatto, owner of the restaurant at 147 S. Litchfield St., said the bowling alley was last used Saturday, Feb. 7.
When some men from the restaurant went into the bowling area Friday night, they discovered the balls were gone and told Gatto about it.
"I thought they were joking — totally thought they were joking," she said. "It's the case of the missing bowling balls."
Frankfort police were notified of the incident, she said.
There haven't been many strikes or gutter balls at the bowling alley recently anyway because it has been closed — except for a few occasions such as birthday parties — while the lanes are being repaired, she said.
The bowling balls were accounted for Saturday, when many people bowled, she said.
With laughs and facial expressions of disbelief punctuating her comments, Gatto explained that she locks the doors, and has security cameras operating during the day and motion-sensor alarms at night.
She said she can't imagine how anyone could have taken so many bowling balls out of the building without anyone noticing.
"There's one left in the front, but the rest are all gone," she said. "I'm lost."
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