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Stolen 10-foot tall metal rooster recovered
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Stolen 10-foot tall metal rooster recovered

4/13/2015 UPDATE: The giant metal rooster has been recovered! Police found the 300 pound bird in Oglethorpe County. Store owner Bonnie Harris said she's excited to have the mascot back at home and in one piece!


ATHENS, GA (WXIA) – There is something visibly missing from a vintage shop in Athens – a ten-foot tall metal rooster.

Out front, Lexington Road is a busy Athens block. Out back, one business is facing a question that has perhaps never been uttered:

"How do you steal a ten-foot rooster?"

Lexington Vintage is the kind of place where a ten-foot metallic rooster wouldn't seem out of place.

"We have people that make jewelry from reclaimed wine bottles," said owner Bonnie Harris. "Local artists and people who enjoy repurposing. My husband and I have been in the poultry business for many years, so that's kind of the origin of the rooster in my life."

Harris commissioned local artists to build the rooster for $3,000. She posted it by the road two weeks ago.

"It was mounted in the ground with five or six of these rebar posts," she said. "The goal of the rooster was to draw attention to the business."

It weighs 300 pounds and was planted in the ground. All that was left behind was the rooster's foot. The rest of it is gone.

"I think it was planned," Harris said. "I think it was a group of people, and I think someone would probably try to re-sell or use it for their own purposes. I really don't think they took it to scrap it."

Now, for a place out back with roosters all around, the scene out front is missing an expensive item.

"I'm a realist," she said. "It's a piece of art, but I would still just like to have it back."

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