Three stone penises were stolen from a North Yorkshire store that became notorious a decade ago when police forcibly removed one of the window adornments.
The three phallic-shaped objects were stolen from Simply Dutch in Leeming Bar on Monday evening along with five cast-iron deer and five concrete dogs.
Store owner Jason Hadlow made headlines around the world in 2010 when police seized one of the 4-foot-tall concrete penises from him after refusing to remove it from its display case. TeesideLive Reports.
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The officers, who had received complaints that he was obscene, took away the masonry’s manhood on April Fool’s Day.
Jason, 58, refused to pay a fine of £ 80 to recover the stone penis and instead ordered 150 more ornaments from Indonesia.
The incident led him to launch the “Free Willy” Campaign, with images appearing online of a stone penis in various locations and disguises.
North Yorkshire Police were pressured to release the ornament and it was then returned to the Bedale Road store.
Eleven years after the incident, Jason was shocked to discover that the last three penis adornments he had left had been stolen.
His business was broken into on Monday evening and officials also took away five cast-iron deer and five concrete dogs.
Jason, who lives in Teeside, said: “I can’t believe anyone wants to steal concrete willys!
“It’s the end of an era. They were sentimental to me. It was a big story back then. I probably won’t see anything like it again.
“I’m a little sad but in the end we weren’t selling them. I hope they get some profit from them, I can’t imagine what.”
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Jason said penises were popular garden ornaments at the time, with people using them as water markers or foundations.
He said they had since fallen out of favor and been pushed to the back of his yard.
Jason, who has run the store for 20 years, said, “In 2010 we were selling them, they were popular. We had three different sizes.
“I had them in the window at the time. Someone complained that it was offensive.
“They kind of lost popularity. I sold loads for a few years and we had a few left. They made it to the end of the yard.
“Obviously I know why they were stealing cast iron deer, but why take the rest?” Maybe they thought it was funny.
“I guess it was a sentimental attachment that made me keep them.
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“If anyone is offered a three-foot tall concrete penis or a full-size cast-iron deer, I would be really grateful if people could contact the police or alternatively the store, in the strictest of confidence.”
Jason said he reported the break-in, which took place around 10 p.m. Monday, to North Yorkshire Police.
He said they managed to capture CCTV of the thieves but, due to the lighting conditions, could not identify them.
Jason added: “We should have had night vision there, frankly we armed ourselves!”
North Yorkshire Police said they had yet to make any arrests.
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