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Theft of prized concrete pig in a diaper tough loss for Alberta mini-golf course owner

Mini-golf course owner Lynn Henkel spent many winters in Arizona collecting rare ornamental knickknacks and concrete sculptures.

There was a turtle riding a motorcycle, a bobble-head dog and a cadre of garden gnomes.

Her prized possession was a concrete pig wearing a diaper that she proudly displayed for users of the Summerland Leisure Park and Mini Golf, near Gull Lake.

“They’re one-of-a-kind — and they’re gone,” she said Friday.

Police say unknown culprits ransacked the 18-hole putt-putt sometime between June 23 and 24.

More than two dozen items were taken and others were wrecked in what Henkel describes as a well-planned raid.

“Culprits likely thought of this theft as a joke but a criminal offence has been committed,” RCMP officials said in a news release.

While the total value of the stolen property tallies only $500, Henkel greatly laments the loss — particularly the 40- to 50-pound oinker she found at a flea market.

“They’re so ugly, they’re cute,” she said. “Nobody can enjoy them now.”

Investigators urged anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers anonymously or the Blackfalds RCMP at 403-885-3300.

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