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While some may be poking fun at the thought of a missing claymation character, one Saugerties couple is not as flexible to the humor of this cartoonish crime. YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the pair’s plea for the sculpture’s return.
SAUGERTIES, N.Y. -- “It feels like a terrible violation and I’d just love him to come home,” said Bob Malkin. “A piece of our house is missing.”
Amongst the oversized chair, the smiley face giant and the massive garden pickle once sat a seven foot tall, 50 pound sculpture modeled after the pop culture icon, Gumby. It’s now missing after being uprooted from its platform early Sunday morning and stolen from its home.
“It’s ironic because Gumby made it through the hurricanes and the storms and a couple of really rough winters and then to have Gumby taken in this way just seems sort of doubly sad,” said Barbara Pokras.
According to the pair, the statue had been sitting on their front lawn catching the eyes of passersby for the past three years, drawing in folks for pictures and putting smiles on the faces of both children and its owners.
“Gumby sort of watched over my garden and was always just great to see in the morning when we wake up and look out on our yard,” said Pokras.
They’re now asking for its return and the sculptor is even offering to assist whoever may have taken the statue.
“Come and help me bring the piece back,” said Ze'ev Willy Neumann. “Help me restore it. I think it will be a rewarding act to all of us."
In the meantime, the owners are offering a $100 reward for any information as they hold out hope for its safe return.
“He’s a neighborhood treasure,” said Pokras. “We'd like him back.”
“Come home, Gumby,” said Malkin. “Come home.”