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Video: Plainview day care mascot a sitting duck to vandals

Police are looking for the vandals who damaged a statue outside of a Plainview day care center on Saturday night, Dec. 10, 2016. Shalom Day Care Center posted surveillance video of the incident on Facebook. Credit: Shalom Day Care Center

A Plainview children’s day care center is trying to find out who ruffled the feathers of its new giant-sized duck figure late Saturday, tipping it and cracking it in several places.

Shalom Day Care Center told Nassau County police that two fowl vandals tipped its new “mascot” on its side sometime before midnight, injuring the bright yellow duck in several places, including one of its wings.

“The kids were really sad when they found out,” said Michele Alfano, administrative executive for the center at 81 Jamaica Ave. “There’s some damage.”

The center supplied police with surveillance video that shows two people, presumably women because each appears to be wearing a dress, working hard at tipping the duck, which sat unanchored at the facility’s front entrance.

A police spokesman Wednesday said the department is investigating.

The duck cost about $500, plus delivery, Alfano said, and children at the center held a contest to give it a name.

They came up with QuackerJack, matching the name of the mascot of the Long Island Ducks baseball team.

Alfano said the center has had the duck, which is back upright, for about two or three weeks. She can’t understand why anyone would want to damage it.

The center has yet to get an estimate for repairs.

“It’s got to weigh a couple of hundred pounds,” she said. “We’re not sure why anyone would do that.”

Anyone with more information can call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-8477. All information will be kept confidential.

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