TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Florida law enforcement officials say a Tampa man was given the choice of his life or his Tickle Me Extreme Elmo doll.
The popular new toy was taken at gunpoint from the victim who told a 911 operator that the robber said he would have no problem shooting if he didn't hand over Elmo, the New York Daily News reports.
Apparently securing the doll has become a matter or life and death or possibly life and money since Elmo can fetch big bucks from desperate parents.
Released last Tuesday, Elmo sold out in 10 minutes at the Toys "R" Us in New York's Times Square.
The latest edition in the Tickle Me series not only wiggles and giggles but can stand up by itself after falling over.