It’s a crime of the most rabid proportions — someone stole Irwin the raccoon, a lawn ornament that’s served as one Bay Ridge resident’s own talisman for three years!
Now Alicia Boros and her boyfriend are on a coon hunt near their 88th Street home that hasn’t turned up any results since Irwin went missing in April.
“It’s not common for people to touch the garden area [by my doorstep],” Boros said. “I’m not sure if someone took it out of malice or a kid picked it up, but, hopefully, it’ll come back in one piece.”
The legend of Irwin started in December, 2007, when Boros was driving to Pittsburgh. She said that the long drive was relatively uneventful — until a live raccoon jumped out in front of her car on an exit ramp.
“We couldn’t avoid it and he got squished,” she said. “My mom has a slightly twisted sense of humor and she bought Irwin as a joke.”
But her new pal wasn’t just a present from mom; it served as a constant reminder of what happened that fateful day three years ago.
Boros said she doesn’t have any clues on the culprit, but neighbors had their ideas — including rambunctious kids who roam the streets after school from the nearby Adelphi Academy.
“I even saw one of them take my big pumpkin on Halloween,” said 16-year Bay Ridge resident Mike Campana, who lives near Boros. “We’ve had cars broken into, and I also had my pirate flag stolen. Crime has gone up in the past year.”
But at this point, there are no clear suspects — just an empty space which is between Third Avenue and Ridge Boulevard where precious Irwin used to be. There is also this heartfelt sign:
“Please return our raccoon lawn ornament — It was a gift from my mother. Thank you.”
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