Well, this gives new meaning to the phrase "blaze of glory." A 16-year-old boy in Canton, Ga., has been arrested for stealing and then setting fire to a life-sized scarecrow replica of Duck Dynasty's Uncle Si Robertson, a local newspaper reported on Wednesday, Oct. 23.
The scarecrow, part of a fundraising contest at Ball Ground Elementary School in Ball Ground, Ga., had been designed to look like the bearded A&E star, complete with grizzled facial hair and a head-to-toe camo-print ensemble. According to the Cherokee Tribune, it went missing sometime between the night of Wednesday, Oct. 16, and the morning of Thursday, Oct. 17.
After the theft, some witnesses reported seeing it on the porch of a house in a neighboring community. However, it disappeared before officials could retrieve it.
Authorities believe the unnamed teen burned the scarecrow in an attempt to cover up his heist. Prior to his arrest, police were offering a $1,000 reward for information on the theft of the replica, which took four local moms more than 40 hours to create. The teen reportedly confessed to stealing the figure and was released into the custody of his parents.
"We discovered after a little investigation that a juvenile had taken it," police chief Byron Reeves told the Cherokee Tribune. "It was nothing but ashes. It was completely gone."
City manager Eric Wilmarth said the teen had no idea his theft would result in such massive interest or publicity. "The young man expressed remorse -- he is sorry for what he did," Wilmarth explained to the paper. "It's just one of those things you can't back up and undo."
Undo, no. Replace, yes. A substitute Uncle Si scarecrow has already been erected in Ball Ground, alongside a sign that reads "I'm back, Jack! Happy Happy Happy."