DAVEY the dummy has been a part of the Capella community for years, but the life-sized man made of pump parts and polypipe has been stolen from his home at Darby's Transport.
Casey Hood of Darby's Transport said the community was outraged by the theft and she hoped someone had the decency to return the much-loved dummy made by her father and store owner Mark Weston as a treat for the grandchildren.
"My dad dressed him up. So if it was raining he would wear a raincoat and if it was breast cancer month, we would dress him as a girl, and he was Santa Claus at Christmas," she said.
"If people were going to a football game they would put streamers on him to support their team. He really brought the community together.
"If anyone wanted to promote anything we were happy to dress him up for them.
"Tourists used to stop and take photos all the time."
Casey said Davey was the height of a normal man, weighed quite a bit and was just dressed up as a worker when he was stolen last Monday afternoon.
"He has had his head stolen before, so we had to replace that," she said.
"It just feels like part of the family is gone. The whole town looks forward to seeing what he is wearing.
"We would love to have him back. Christmas won't be the same without Santa."
Casey's mother Shirley said the dummy was of no value to anyone else and was disappointed somebody would take him.
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