A thief apparently liked a wooden cutout of Uncle Sam he'd stolen so much, he returned to a Paradise Township business moments later to steal two more lawn ornaments.
"I was standing there in disbelief," said Sue Kline, owner of The Old Farm House Tea Room and Antiques Shop, 7027 Lincoln Highway (Route 30). "I thought, 'Oh my God -- he's taking my lawn ornaments!'"
It happened about 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to Northern York County Regional Police.
Kline looked out her window after hearing a loud car drive into her parking lot, at which point she saw a man get out and steal a 3-foot-tall painted wooden cutout of Uncle Sam, Lt. David Lash said.
The thief drove off, but returned moments later, according to the lieutenant.
He got back out of his car and stole two other 3-foot-tall wooden cutout yard ornaments -- an Army soldier and an Air Force airman, Lash said.
He drove off with his three new friends, and Kline called 911.
Not for sale: The Old Farm House has a number of items for sale in front of the business, but those three decorations weren't for sale, according to Kline.
"Those were our memorabilia," she said, and will cost about $50 a piece to replace. "They were painted and holding American flags. They were very patriotic."
Kline said she has no idea why the man would have taken the cutouts.
"He obviously wanted them for some reason or another," she said. "Nowadays, do they need reasons?"
The thief is about 5-feet-10 and was driving a dark-color, late-model Honda or Toyota sedan, he said.
Anyone with information on the thief's identity or the location of the missing figures is asked to call police at 292-3647, or leave a tip online at nycrpd.org.
-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.