Police searching for missing rollercoaster

Thieves who stole a rollercoaster have become the target of a police investigation after taking off with the attraction from a county fairground.

The alligator-designed train cars of the Go-Gator roller coaster were stolen from the Union County Fairgrounds in Marysville, in the US state of Ohio, on August 27.

Local police shared a photo of the getaway car captured by a road security camera to its Facebook, appealing for information on who it belonged to.

The ride was being stored on a purple and green trailer at the time of the theft, with the bandit towing the entire thing away.

The bandit shown towing the ride away with a ute. Source: Facebook/Union County Sheriff's Office

“The roller coaster was on a purple and green trailer and has alligator-designed train cars, about 20 ft. (6 metres) total length,” police said in a statement.

The thieves were captured at the intersection of State Route 31 and Mill Rd on Tuesday, August 27 at 7.10pm (local time).

After being reported missing on the 28th, authorities launched an investigation and have asked the public for help in tracking down the culprits.

A woman claiming to be the daughter of the roller coaster’s owner said the ride had been in her family for “around 35 years and has great sentimental value”.

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