THE Canning Agricultural, Horticultural and Recreational Society has appealed for witnesses after a competition entry was stolen ahead of last weekend’s show.
The wooden occasional table with a striking glass design top was built by an 89-year-old man with vision impairment, and entered in the Industrial Arts Competition.
It was stolen ahead of judging on Thursday November 3, before 4pm, from the exhibition hall at the Albany Highway site where it sat among several hundred displays.
Society executive officer Dianne Begg said the organisation had hoped the item had been mislaid in the rush before show time, but was disappointed to see it did not reappear after pack down.
“There was always a glimmer of hope it would turn up, but we now are sure it was stolen and we want to catch the thief,” she said.
The incident has been reported to police and the society appealed for local businesses to check their street-facing CCTV footage for clues.
“The item is identifiable, the table is about a metre high and 60cm by 60cm, it would be recognisable if someone was walking down the street with it,” Mrs Begg said.
Mrs Begg said the show attracted more than 2000 entries over the weekend, and over throughout the shows history a theft incident has never occurred.
“It is heart breaking for us, for the entrant and hope we can locate the table,” she said.
The Society is offering a reward to anyone who can locate the table, or provide information that locates the table.
Call 9451 1820 with any information.