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Valuable cuckoo clock stolen at GAF

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OREGON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

An unusual theft was reported over the weekend at the 49th annual German American Festival in Oregon.

Bernd Fehrenbach, a wood carver from Germany, was selling cuckoo clocks at the festival. He says his tent was secure Sunday night when he left after the festival, but when he came back Monday morning to pack up, the largest and most valuable clock was missing.

The clock is worth about $1,700.

"It's very sad when you come in in the morning and see the big empty spot," Fehrenbach said. "It makes you feel very sad that somebody took it."

Fehrenbach says there's no good way for vendors to lock their displays up, but he did take steps to secure his clocks.

"We secure it with quite a few means, so it takes quite some time for people to come in," he said.

Even though he's out a clock, Fehrenbach says he doesn't regret driving nine hours to participate in the festival.

"Sales-wise, it was my best year, so it was worth coming still," he said.

A festival chairman says a report has been filed with Oregon Police and anyone with information should call them at 419-698-7064.

In addition to the clock theft, Oregon Police say they received nine disorderly calls, two assault reports and made eight arrests at the festival. Four of those arrests were for underage drinking, three for disorderly conduct, and two for driving under the influence.

Despite these incidents, police say the weekend went well considering more than 30,000 people attended.

"The people who attended the festival were very well-behaved," said Sgt. Ed Depinet. "There were a lot of people that were highly intoxicated but they found other means home."

Police say the arrest numbers have decreased in recent years.

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