Iconic dressed-up cement goose stolen from Staten Island porch

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (WABC) -- It had been a little piece of whimsy in a community that has some rough edges, but recently a group of goons grabbed a cement goose that sat outside Ronnie Gambon's house.

"Have some compassion, it's not yours bring it back to it's rightful place," Water, a resident of Staten Island, said on Monday.

Gambon's 80-pound cement statue was stolen from her front West Brighton porch. It sat in this spot for more than a decade.

And it isn't just any goose. The unnamed guy originally belonged to Gambon's mom, Josephine, who proudly dressed up the statue for holidays and special occasions.

But when Josephine died in 2000, Ronnie inherited the long-necked looker.

"We were the torch bearers of her memory and carrying this goose, and we are inspired when we see the children go by to the playground two blocks away and stop by," said Gambon.

Then suddenly, on Thursday, Ronnie noticed the goose was gone.

"The sad part is it's just another piece of my mother taken away," she said. "That's not cool."

Gambon isn't against the idea of getting a new goose, but points out, some things just can't be replaced. "I would think as surreptitiously as it disappeared, it can reappear on the front porch."
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