McLucas regularly dressed two concrete ducks in seasonal or themed apparel. She had been doing that for more than 10 years.
Last Friday morning, McLucas awakened from her sleep to let her dog Sadie outside and discovered someone had stolen the ducks which had brought her and others smiles throughout the years.
McLucas said this is not the first “duck-knapping” incident.
“About eight years ago, someone took my two smaller ducks. I had a complete family,” McLucas said.
McLucas has hundreds of outfits and seasonal flags which she dressed the ducks in; the flags provided the background.
“During football season, I would put their Tennessee Vols outfits on them,” she said.
“People would see me out in the yard and stop by to look at them and tell me how much they enjoyed watching to see how they would be dressed,” McLucas said.
Halloween, Easter, Christmas, fall, summer, virtually any season or event, McLucas would dress the 100-plus pound concrete statues to match many themes.
She still has the outfits stored away in nearly a half dozen plastic containers.
From head to toe, the ducks would sport the theme for the pleasure of the community and passersby at the McLucas home.
After her two small ducks were stolen, McLucas secured the two larger ducks with a cable, but over the years it rusted away.
Friends, neighbors and even her social media acquaintances have urged McLucas to replace the stolen ducks which police feel will never be found.
“They were very heavy and I can’t believe someone would enter my property at night and take them,” she said.
She also said she is confused why the ducks were targeted because she had several smaller concrete and resin statues which would have been easier to access and carry.
Her social media friends have offered to take up a collection to replace the concrete creatures that have inhabited the neighborhood for so many years but McLucas is hesitant about it.
A Hamilton County resident also reported the theft of the popular yard ornaments recently.
Tammi Stubblefield said her father, who was caretaker for her ailing mother, used the ducks to brighten her day and would move them to random places in the couple’s yard and set them into action such as sitting in lawn chairs or doing other things.
Daily, Stubblefield’s mother would go search them out to see where they were and what the ducks were doing that day.
Stubblefield noted in an email that the ducks were not just concrete figures, but had a meaning and brought pleasure to her mother and father.
“Those ducks stood for so much more. They were much more than a piece of concrete,” she noted.
Many hope McLucas will take up the offer to replace her ducks.