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    Major crime spree in Florence

    This is a tough case to quack
    Lawn-ornament caper takes unfortunate detour to landfill

    By William Croyle
    Enquirer staff writer

    FLORENCE - For six years, Lori Myers' duck stood quietly on her front porch on Roberta Avenue, never bothering anybody.

    That's why when she pulled into her drive Tuesday afternoon, she was floored.

    "I said 'Hey, someone kicked the head off my duck!' " Myers said.

    But the concrete ornament was not the only victim. A plastic pink flamingo that had graced her front lawn - a Mother's Day gift - was gone.

    Myers called police. They told her to go across Ky. 18 to a home on Utz Drive, she said, where numerous lawn ornaments had mysteriously appeared overnight.

    The home belonged to Renae Martin, who was dumbfounded by the display in her yard. There were lawn ornaments everywhere - about 35 of them - when she got up Tuesday morning.

    There was Myers' flamingo, "standing up big and tall," Martin said.

    And there were plastic geese, baby concrete rabbits and a concrete duck with its ducklings all in a row.

    And on her front porch, in a semicircle, as if guarding the front door, were concrete figures of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

    "Well, I believe Snow White was there," Martin said. "I know the dwarfs were there."

    Martin said police came out at about 7 a.m., assessed the situation, and decided to lay the ornaments near the street so the real owners might see them.

    Martin went back to bed and woke up about two hours later. She looked outside and ...

    Every ornament was gone.

    She thought at first they had all been stolen. But they weren't.

    It was garbage day.

    "If people put their stuff out by the curb on garbage day, it's going in the truck," said Greg Sowder, operations manager for CSI, which collects garbage on Utz.

    Sowder didn't know anything about the ornaments, but said that by then, they were in a landfill in Williamstown.

    Myers got the bad news after she went over to Martin's house that afternoon.

    "I told her I was sorry, but I had no idea the garbage men would take them," Martin said.

    The blame, of course, is on whoever put the ornaments in the yard in the first place.

    Police have no leads.

    "It's funny, but it's not," Martin said. "It's stealing."

    Myers conceded her flamingo was a "cheesy lawn ornament," but it was one she had wanted for years.

    As for the duck, its head was never found - but the body will stay.

    "It's never been in my way," Myers said.

    "I'm so used to having it there, I'll probably just leave it."
    "Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women." - Nora Ephron

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    Re: Major crime spree in Florence

    that's weird, funny, and kinda of twisted of the person who's doing it...i bet the suspect has some very very weird control type issue.
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    Re: Major crime spree in Florence

    Tough case to quack?!?!

    Sounds like a prank that High Schoolers would do. Seems like real criminals do the stealing for gain. HS kids tend to do things that are deemed funny in their opinion. The garbage pickup thing probably gave the teens a real unexpected laugh!

    Too bad though. Most lawn ornament things seem to be the property of senior citizens. I hate to see things like this happen to seniors. If it was HS kids, then it will get out eventually. HS kids do pranks, but they also have trouble sealing their lips.
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    Re: Major crime spree in Florence

    Find em and lock em up for 10 years
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    Re: Major crime spree in Florence

    Let me get this straight: It's a *crime* to deprive someone of a plastic pink flamingo lawn ornament?

    Why, exactly?

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    Re: Major crime spree in Florence

    Quote Originally Posted by TeamCasey
    "If people put their stuff out by the curb on garbage day, it's going in the truck," said Greg Sowder, operations manager for CSI, which collects garbage on Utz.
    I can't wait for CSI: Florence now!
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