SAUGERTIES, N.Y. -- An icon has gone missing from a Saugerties lawn over the weekend, and the owners of a giant Gumby replica are begging for it to be returned.
Bob Malkin says he had a giant 7-foot tall Gumby sculpture made by a local artist three years ago. He says it's been a place of joy, where families have taken photos with the American classic from the Adventures of Gumby.
But early Sunday morning, Malkin discovered someone had stolen the sculpture, and Saugerties Police are now investigating.
daughter who was here heard the noise, heard a commotion. The dog started to
bark. Unfortunately I was in a deep sleep and didn't get up in time to stop
them," Malkin says.
He says the statue cost about $1,000 and is made of Styrofoam.
"There's no monetary value in it. It's just I think it was a prank and it's mean. Just mean spirited," he said. "Bring him home. No questions asked."
Malkin is offering a $100 reward for any information that could lead to the safe return of Gumby.
Artist Ze'ev Willy Neumann created the one of a kind masterpiece, and he too does not want a punishment, but rather a lesson for those involved. He says he will teach those responsible for the theft how to repair Gumby and how to create sculptures like him.
"This fun is just for a moment to say it's a laughing matter Ha ha ha I stole Gumby but it will be a record for your life if you're not going to do something about it. Come and do it please," he says.
Police Chief Joseph Sinagra says he is confident they will recover the stolen
Gumby. Whoever is responsible would be charged with a felony of Grand Larceny, according to the chief.