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Police seek public's help locating 15-foot-tall red spoon stolen from Dairy Queen

Image source: Silent Witness

Police are reaching out to the public for help in locating three suspects involved in stealing a 15-foot-tall red spoon from a Phoenix area Dairy Queen, multiple outlets reported.

"We were kind of upset but then more puzzled," Puja Kalra said Wednesday, as reported by the Associated Press.

Puja and husband Raman Kalra, the owners of the restaurant, said the thieves were very "precise" in the spoon's removal, ensuring the decorative piece wasn't damaged.

The couple say having another spoon made, delivered, and installed would cost over $7,000, the outlet also reported.

"These people will stand out. If you're driving down the street and you see a giant, red spoon hanging out of somebody's truck or in their garage, definitely contact Silent Witness," Phoenix Police Department public information officer Sergeant Brian Bower told KSAZ.

"It's considered a felony theft because of the value of the spoon itself," Sergeant Bower added.

The spoon was stolen from a Dairy Queen near 51st Avenue and Thomas Road in Maryvale March 25 around 5:39 a.m., authorities say. The decorative piece is valued at over $3,500, and was affixed to the building.

Authorities have shared surveillance footage of the caper. The suspects reportedly unbolted the mammoth utensil from its base and pulled it away from its anchor point at the top, damaging the building in the process.

The suspects then loaded the distinctive item onto a dual axle flatbed trailer with white wheels, pulled by a black Chevy 2500 HD pickup with black wheels.

Police believe all three suspects are Hispanic. The first, a male, is 5'8", 180 pounds, with black hair and a beard. The second, a female, is 5'6", 120 pounds, with brown hair. The third, also a male and also 5'8", weighs about 160 pounds, and was wearing a black Yankees hat and jeans with a striped pocket design.

Silent Witness is offering up to a $1,000 reward for "information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the suspect(s) of this crime," according to a flyer posted by the organization.

Silent Witness if a nonprofit program in metropolitan Phoenix aimed at providing an anonymous means delivering information to police on non-drug felony crimes, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Watch video of the felony theft in progress below, provided by Silent Witness.

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