By Brendan Rees
A Hampton Park woman is pleading for thieves to return a beloved statue allegedly stolen from her front yard.
The 60-80cm tall statue of an Aboriginal man playing a didgeridoo was the centrepiece of Zoe Field’s Kirkwood Crescent front garden.
Zoe said the concrete statute stood proudly in her garden for the past 19 years and had sentimental value.
“I was devastated because it came from my Opa. It was given to us by him before he passed away.”
“To have found out that it is gone is literally devastating,” she said.
It was allegedly stolen on Wednesday 6 December between 9.30am and 11am.
Zoe said the statue, which weighed about 50 kilograms, was concreted to the ground.
“They must’ve used a shovel or something to dig it out. There must have been two people and a car.”
“We’ve been there for 23 years. We’ve never expected anything like this to happen.”
She said there was no CCTV footage in her street. “We’ve asked neighbours if they’ve seen or heard anything and they’ve said no.
“It was easy enough to get in our front yard because we live on a corner block.”
Zoe said she was losing hope of finding it.
“It was sitting in the front yard. There’s no evidence, nothing has been left behind.”
She has also appealed for the public’s help on Facebook’s Casey Crime Page, but had no luck.
“We want him back! You have really upset and hurt our family by taking him,” she said in her post.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or contact Cranbourne Police on 5991 0600.