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Massive wrought iron lawn ornament stolen from rural yard

By Celeste Tholen Rosenlof | Posted - Dec 8th, 2012 @ 2:33pm

ELSINORE, Sevier County — A beloved lawn ornament in the silhouette of an elk was stolen Wednesday and the owner is offering a reward for its return.

The 8-foot, light-up wrought-iron lawn decoration was stolen from Pam Bigelow's front yard in the early morning hours of Dec. 5. A favorite Christmas decoration of hers, Bigelow is offering a $100 reward for its safe return. The family believes it was stolen to be sold for scrap.

According to her daughter, Alisha Bigelow, of Monroe, the elk — made by a local artist and won by her mother in a drawing — is a local landmark in the rural town. Her mother's house is diagonally across the street from the only convenience store in town, making it a prominent display. The area newspaper, the Richfield Reaper, even featured the decoration a few years ago in a roundup of Christmas displays to see.

"There's not a lot to do around here, so you go around looking at Christmas lights, obviously," Alisha Bigelow said. " People would drive from all over to come and see it."

Alisha Bigelow said after she posted a photo of the town-famous decoration on Facebook, the picture quickly circulated, with 50 shares on it in two days.

The Bigelows filed a police report, but say no leads have come of it yet.

"She's a little bit depressed right now. She doesn't even want to turn on the rest of her Christmas lights," Alisha Bigelow said.

Pam Bigelow retired from Sevier County Jail earlier this year in her position as a jail commander, but has recently returned as a cook — the position at which she started her 23-year tenure at the jail.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sevier County police at (435) 896-2600

Photo credit: Richfiend Reaper

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