Independence County, Ark. (KAIT) – A Batesville woodcarver searching high and low after someone stole a custom-made barred owl he created.
“I work hard for my son and I just want it back,” said Joe Dominguez.
The search has been going on since Feb. 19 and he even believes it may be out of the state.
But, that won’t stop him from getting the word out to try to get it back.
The sound of wood being carved is a norm for those who live in Dominguez’s neighborhood. Davis Lane residents see him outside almost daily.
“Each piece is one of a kind,” Dominguez said, who has been a carver for more than 15 years.
From different animals to custom-made pieces, he says if you can think it, he can make it.
Recently, a customer asked him to make a barred owl.
Dominguez started with a black walnut log, carved it and painted it with acrylic paint.
The owl took him two months to finish.
The night before he was to hand it over to the buyer, someone stole the owl out of his yard.
“In a matter of a couple of hours it was gone,” Dominguez said.
He says for 9 years he has left his wood pieces outside and they’ve never been touched. He will never make that mistake again.
It doesn’t help that the buyer already paid a hefty $2,000 for it.
“I’m just a poor woodcarver trying to support my son and they take what little…I work so hard and they take it,” Dominguez said.
Now, he is on a mission to get it back.
He filed a police report with the Independence County Sheriff’s Office and has posted signs around the neighborhood, offering a $500 reward.
“God is just, and justice will be served,” Dominguez said. “Either in this life or the next.,”
He continues to post online and hopes it will be returned in perfect shape.
“They didn’t work for it, they didn’t earn it and they are enjoying something that doesn’t belong to them,” Dominguez said.
If you have any information, you can reach Joe Dominguez here.
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