Up until sometime Monday night, Rotten Jack stood sentry in Josh and Patty Haber’s yard at the corner of Crane Street and Houlton Avenue.
The spooky-looking, pumpkin-headed scarecrow, which was more than 7 feet tall, was handmade by the couple to delight neighborhood kids. It was a focal point of their extensive outdoor Halloween display.
Tuesday morning, the Habers woke to find Jack missing. Along with him, five tombstones made from foam insulation sheets had been stolen.
There were still some skeletons in the yard, but Patty Haber said she thought that was only because they had been tied together and secured to a tree with fishing line.
“It looked like they tried to take them, but because they couldn’t get all of the stuff unwound, they left them on the corner of the street,” she said.
The Habers take their expensive, animated Halloween decorations inside at night, or those probably would have gone missing too, Haber speculated.
This is the couple’s first Halloween in their house, and Haber said she and her husband are disheartened by the theft.
“We took a hit. The spirit definitely took a hit yesterday,” she commented. “It was time and effort and money out of our pockets, but we do it for the kids. That’s all they’re hurting and that to me is wrong.”