UPDATED: May 29 at 11:30 a.m.
By Beverly Keller
Olga, the female polka dancer at the World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock in Downtown Sugarcreek, will be in need of some reconstructive surgery after a pair of juveniles broke off her arm.
Witnesses reported that two young boys scaled the fence, played in the fountain, threw rocks and climbed up on the clock. In the process of their play, they broke off Olga’s arm while their parents looked on.
A resident near the scene at the time, 91-year-old Ernie Raber, noted that the children were not local. “They were swinging around up there and if they could have gotten into the back of the clock and come out with the band, I think they would have,” he stated. “The father just watched the boys. The mother asked the children if they thought they should be doing what they were doing. There was no reprimand. They walked away.”
Raber is beside himself as he wished he could have gotten the license plate of the vehicle they left in, but at his age, is not able to be as quick as he once was.
The Sugarcreek Police Department is investigating the matter. If anyone has information about this act that took place on Saturday, May 19, contact the Sugarcreek Police Department at 330-852-2212.
Locals have offered a reward for information leading to the identification of the subjects in question. As of 5 p.m. on Thursday, the reward is up to $475 thanks to business and community leaders in the greater Sugarcreek area.
Repair efforts began on Thursday night after the figure, constructed of fiberglass, was carefully removed by Mayor Clayton Weller and Sugarcreek business-owner and community volunteer Freeman Mullet. Weller was unsure as to how long it will take for repair work on the original figurine. “This is a shame, but we will get her fixed up,” he shared.
Late Friday afternoon, Olga was resting comfortably at Weller’s home where she has been cleaned, sanded and glued. Weller noted that the repairs were completed and Olga is now back atop her platform where she is dancing freely with Hans.
Going forward, the Village of Sugarcreek will add cameras to the area. In addition, the fence will be upgraded.