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Reward Offered for Stolen Tackapausha Sculpture

Spider display in front of Seaford museum was stolen on June 9.

A community effort is underway to retrieve a Nouveau Spider Sculpture that was stolen from the in Seaford on June 9.  

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the return of the spider sculpture, which was on display in the front of the museum when it on April 22 after being closed for nearly two years for renovations. A flyer about the reward has been placed around the Seaford community including at , which provides a phone number of 516-277-2287 to call with any information on the sculpture’s disappearance. A message left by Patch at that number was not returned.

A spokeswoman at the Tackapausha Museum said the sculpture was being rented out as an exhibit and is not owned by Nassau County, which operates the wildlife center on 2225 Washington Ave. She said the legs of the sculpture have been located but the body is still missing.

News of the sculpture’s disappearance was upsetting to Seaford resident Laura Moakley, who loves taking her 13-month old daughter to see the exhibit.

“The art Nouveau Spider Sculpture was becoming a fun stop before and after we would go into the  museum,” Moakley said. “When I found out it was stolen, literally I just wanted to help out as much as possible to get the word out and to get this sculpture back to where it belongs.”

rick donovan June 25, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Kids with nothing else to do!!!! PARENTS-ITS TEN OCLOCK DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE???
andrea willis June 25, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Yes I do know where my kids are and I am sure most parents do. Unless you actually saw kids take it and if you did why did you not call the police? I would not make such a statement not all kids are thieves would you like me to call you one just because of your age?
Joe June 25, 2012 at 12:58 PM
If it was metal, check with scrap yards, scrap metal is at an all time high.
rick donovan June 25, 2012 at 02:34 PM
It is safe to say that most hard working adults have very little time to do this RINKY DINK CAPER!!!
lori priest June 25, 2012 at 03:34 PM
And for your information there are a lot of hard working teens out there to, mine has had a part time job for 3 years and kept his grades in the 90s. Do not make a blank statement about all teens.
rick donovan June 25, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Never said all teens!!!
luvmykids June 25, 2012 at 04:30 PM
lets just hope they find whoever did this.....
rick donovan June 25, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Lets hope so. It seems like there are too many of these stunts going on around this town!!! My residence too!!! Thanks Dovey!!!
allan June 25, 2012 at 07:25 PM
You are right you never said it was all teens but you did imply it was kids who did it without any proof as was said before would you like to be accused of something because of your age.
rick donovan June 25, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Aiian,In my heart i hope you are right. I will reserve my opinion and see what the NCPD come up with!!!
Lorraine DeVita June 27, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Well if they found the legs(as stated above) which i assume are also metal of some sort and easier to transport then it could be assumed scrap was not the cause for its dissappearence. I wonder if the thieves who pulled this off are aware that they could possibly be charged with grand theft. This is not criminal mischeif whether it be an adult or a child..If this was on loan from a collection it is probably insured and the insurance company doesnt ignor "art theft." regardless of the age of the thief..
DeeJorge June 29, 2012 at 05:12 PM
There is nothing for these kids to do out here, they are bored and looking for trouble, have you ever driven in Seaford and Massapequa there are like hoards of them in parks, on the corners, in town, in the street, I really wish they have something around here for them or it will be alot worse then a sculpture missingfrom a preserve.
DeeJorge June 29, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I agree with you 100%
rick donovan June 29, 2012 at 06:39 PM
A good local merchant tells me that part-time jobs are to be HAD!!!!
Lorraine DeVita June 29, 2012 at 07:09 PM
My attidue is , if you cant HANG at your parents house then you shouldnt be allowed to HANG. PERIOD..What ever happened to inviting kids to your house ? they get free food, have an enitre backyard and are hopefully under a watchful eye.. what is the DRAW of walking aimlessly up and down street with no supervision.. if you cant do what you want to do in your parents house then perhaps you SHOULDNT BE DOING IT OR PARENTS ALLOWING IT TO HAPPEN by NOT KNOWING where the hell your rug rats are! This is a parental issue not a they dot have anything to do issue.. This is POOR parenting or indifferent parenting.. or the ever popular NOT MY KID, Mu kid would NEVER... ..if you dont know where you kid is how the heck do you its not your kid?
Lorraine DeVita June 29, 2012 at 07:15 PM
To ALL THE PARENTS who ACT like parents and take the responsibility seriously and the time.......... thank you! and you kids probably do to...
rick donovan June 29, 2012 at 10:15 PM
BRAVO Lorraine, in addition if you do not like a certain kid hanging at your house,it is a good idea not to have your kid hanging with him or her!!! AT ALL!!! Thankyou and may god bless the USA.Goodnight............

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