“Hoot.” Photo courtesy of Natalie Pietsch.

A 5-foot, 150-pound wooden owl carving was stolen from a neighbor’s yard.

The sculpture, nicknamed “Hoot,” had been in Natalie Pietsch’s yard near Greenville Avenue and Mockingbird Lane for almost two years. Hoot was bolted and screwed into a concrete pad about five feet from the house.

“That said, we knew it wasn’t 100% fool-proof and obviously wasn’t secured enough,” Pietsch told us.

Pietsch, who grew up in East Dallas in the Casa Linda area, asked Giselle Rutledge of Fine Wood Carvings in Waxahachie to create Hoot out of cedar.

Though she can’t say for certain, Pietsch believes Hoot was taken after the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, either that night or early in the morning March 13. She was out March 12 until around 10:30 p.m. and first noticed the carving was missing Sunday morning.

There’s a Ring doorbell camera on Pietsch’s house, but Hoot wasn’t in the frame. There are some lights around the yard, but none of them shine directly on the owl carving.

Pietsch, a graduate of Bishop Lynch and the executive director of The Tradition-Lovers Lane, says she hasn’t heard about any other missing items from her property or neighboring properties.

A police report has been filed, Pietsch says, but she’s still asking neighbors to be on the lookout for Hoot.


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