A Travelers Rest woman said someone has taken her beloved stone goose that decorated her front yard and is demanding money for its return.
Barbara Aiken is known for her elaborate decorations during the holidays, especially the goose known to everyone as Lucy Allison.
Lucy Allison sat on a rock wall in front of her Travelers Rest home and wore the best clothes.
"I have to say about 12 years ago my daughter-in-law and I were in Pigeon Forge. That's where she purchased me a concrete goose," Aiken said.
Since then, Lucy Allison has been dressed for every occasion.
"She has been everything from a soldier to a witch to an angel," said Aiken. "She has even had a bikini for the Fourth of July."
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Aiken said Lucy Allison is so popular in the neighborhood that her next door neighbor, Mary Jo Johnson, got suspicious near the end of February.
"One morning I got a call from Mary Jo and she was asking about Lucy Allison," Aiken said.
"I had noticed the goose was gone and thought Barbara was just changing out her clothes. She always had the finest," Johnson said.
Once Aiken realized Lucy Allison was gone, she put a sign in her front yard saying she'd give a reward for her return, but two weeks later things took a twist when she received a note in her mailbox.
Aiken said the letter read, "Please leave the reward in the mailbox. The goose will be returned upon acceptance of the reward."
So, Aiken decided to put another note in her mailbox.
"If you have my goose then show me something that was on the goose and I will believe you have it," Aiken said.
She and her husband put a camera out to catch the culprit and two weeks later, Lucy Allison's hat and pigtails from her Valentine's outfit arrived in her mailbox with a second note.
The second letter read, "Here's your proof now where's the reward."
Aiken said her camera captured a picture of the man late one night about a month ago. Now, she and her neighbors just hope someone will come forward so this community can enjoy the Lucy Allison they've grown to love.
"I don't want him prosecuted, I just want the goose back and we can be buddies," Aiken said.
If anyone has any information that could lead to an arrest and bring the goose home, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
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