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Girl Scout to Halloween Trickster: Give Me Back My Scarecrow

What to Know

  • Surveillance video captured the alleged theft of a festive scarecrow from the front porch of a Queens home Halloween night
  • The scarecrow, made by Girl Scout Troop 4030 last week, was apparently swiped from the Girl Scouts’ leader home Halloween night
  • The homeowners say they are turning the footage over to police

An 8-year-old Girl Scout is determined to catch a crook behind a nasty Halloween trick at her Queens house.

Gabriella Murga of Bayside has been looking for clues that could lead her to the man who was caught on camera stealing her homemade scarecrow named from her front porch on Wednesday evening.

She even drew a sketch of the missing decoration made by troop 4030 last week -- which she said they named Juliette Lowe after the first Girl Scout.

“I want my scarecrow back,” she said.

The ghoulish thief -- a full-grown man -- was caught on camera running up and scooping the decoration off the porch. He drops the scarecrow’s head on the ground his way to an awaiting getaway car.

Gabriella ‘s mom, Maria Castillo, said she was outraged that someone would steal something her daughter spent hours making by hand. She's turned surveillance footage of the theft to police.

“IT was a grown man that didn’t need our scarecrow,” she said.

Gabriella, meanwhile, is hoping the attention the theft is getting will scare the thief into returning Juliette Lowe the Scarecrow. Then?

“I would leave it in my room and never take it out again,” Gabriella said.

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