Who Took Rusty the Rooster? Yuba City Restaurant’s Sculpture Goes Missing

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YUBA CITY -- Rusty the Rooster has gone missing.

Yuba City's Dancing Tomato Caffe is filled with charm and whimsey. Perhaps the restaurant's most prized piece of flair is the 5-foot-10-inch metal rooster sculpture known as Rusty.

Owner Shar Katz suspects more than one person is responsible for Rusty's disappearance.

"It would take a team probably because he was locked down onto the post and the post and everything is missing," Katz said. "So it took some effort, some time."

Now, Katz and her team are taking time to sift through surveillance video. The restaurant has cameras that may have caught the thieves at work.

Katz says the rooster costs a couple hundred dollars and the restaurant recently spent more to have it repainted.

"I hope they bring it back, I really do," regular customer Brad Krehe said.

Katz is offering a reward to anyone who can help bring Rusty back to his perch along Highway 20. She says she is "absolutely" willing to forgive.

"I hope it's just a prank, in jest," Katz told FOX40. "We can make it all good again."

Anyone with information about Rusty's whereabouts is asked to contact the Yuba City Police Department at (530) 822-4661.

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