The mystery of the Duck Dynasty scarecrow thief in Ball Ground, Ga. has been solved. According to Cherokee Tribune, a teenager was arrested on Friday for stealing a model of the popular reality star, Uncle Si Robertson.
The Duck Dynasty scarecrow was part of a contest to raise money for Ball Ground Elementary School. It took a group of mothers more than 40 hours to create the work.
"The kids got to pick what they wanted as their scarecrow, and that's what they wanted," mother Allison Martin said. "It was just so satisfying to hear, 'Oh my gosh, look at him, look at him!' And to hear all the kids talking about it. As moms ... that's what you enjoy is hearing excitement from the kids."
The scarecrow disappeared either late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. The city then offered a $1,000 reward to anyone with information about the scarecrow's whereabouts.
Watch a clip of Si Robertson from a recent Duck Dynasty episode.
Then, on Friday, a citizen reported that he saw the Duck Dynasty scarecrow on a neighbor's porch. But when police arrived, it had disappeared. Cops eventually discovered the charred remains of the scarecrow in the yard of a 16-year-old, who was then arrested. Police believe he burned the scarecrow because he was afraid he would get caught.
"He was just passing through downtown Ball Ground and thought Uncle Si was pretty cool and wanted him," city manager Eric Wilmarth said. "(He) just didn't think about the consequences, and I am sure didn't think there would be so much publicity. The young man has expressed remorse — he is sorry for what he did — it's just one of those things you can't back up and undo."
But those who want to see an Uncle Si scarecrow in Ball Ground should not worry. Martin revealed that she and the other mothers plan to recreate the Duck Dynasty scarecrow. Ball Ground Elementary School is also hoping to turn this Duck Dynasty scarecrow saga into a lesson for the students.
"In addition, (fourth-grade teacher) Mrs. Dill will be turning this into an opportunity for the students to tie curriculum standards into an activity based out of their real-life experience with this situation," said the school's principal, Doug Knott. " ... Who knows, maybe the Duck Dynasty crew will be out to visit our students who showed that they could persevere and turn a disappointment into a learning opportunity."