Iconic 10-foot Tony Lama boot stolen in Milwaukie
Whoever stole a 10-foot tall cowboy boot made of fiberglass and anchored with steel really had to work at it.
The iconic Tony Lama boot was stolen sometime between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. last month from in front of Canby Asparagus Farm Casa De Tamales on Main Street, owner Charles Maes told KOIN 6 News.
"I wasn't expecting it to be stolen," Maes said. "I just find it upsetting that someone came and took it."
He said the straps holding the boot in place were cut and guessed it took "at least three to four people" working together on the heist.
When he bought the boot about two years ago, he had to "use a cherry picker and a flat-bed truck" to move it from its home at Centreville Western Wear on Southeast McLoughlin.
The Tony Lama boot "has been an icon in Milwaukie for 60 years," Maes said. When Centreville Western Wear closed, he bought the boot and put it in front of his restaurant so people could pose and take pictures with it.
"It was something that I bought and I treasured because of its value to me," Maes said.
The theft doesn't really surprise him, though.
"I'm not stunned that anybody took it," Maes told KOIN 6 News. "Remember the big bear? They took that, and Paul Bunyan, too."
The 71-year-old has lived in Milwaukie most of his life. He wanted to donate the boot to the city at some point, he said.
With the sizable sneaker out of sight, you can bet the town is talking.
"Well it doesn't fit me, so obviously there's either a giant guy around here or a bunch of criminals," Milwaukie resident Ty Hitzemann said.
"I think that sort of thing is really too bad for this community," Mary Bothwell said. "I'll keep my eyes open."
"Somebody has to know where that boot is because it's pretty hard not to notice," Maes said.
Maes filed a police report — Milwaukie PD case # 18-5966 — but they don't have any leads and there is no surveillance video.
Charles Maes knows what he wants, though.
"I want my boot back."