Charlie Dry stood next to the ripped-up patch of grass in his front yard Monday afternoon, wiped the sweat from his brow beneath his windswept gray hair, and wondered what he did to deserve all this.
He watched as news vans from across Oklahoma City rolled in and out, reporters and cameramen all armed with the same questions about the mysterious disappearance of a particularly expensive piece of lawn art.
“The sheriff’s department told me they were going to do this because they needed help,” Dry laughed, hands pinned to his sides as another reporter walked down his driveway in northwest Oklahoma County. “I said, ‘Holy cow, I don’t do this stuff.’”
Dry said and he and his wife left their home in the 2300 block of NW 206 for an evening out on May 25. They returned to find their 1-ton marble statue depicting a man riding a horse, valued as much as $30,000, missing from the front yard.
“I didn’t even think, I just went straight to the house, straight to the pool house and straight to the barn,” said Dry, who frantically searched to see if anything else had been stolen.
“But this was a direct hit. This is what they came for and this is what they left with.”
Dry, 75, said sheriff’s deputies told him it was likely very well-planned. Thieves could have followed Dry and his wife, waited until they were far enough away, and sent in a forklift and a flatbed truck to execute the larceny.