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Oxford restaurant owner wants store vandals caught

(WMC-TV) - Someone destroyed some very expensive displays at an Oxford, Mississippi pizza place Thursday night.

Surveillance video caught the vandals on camera, and Square Pizza owner Tate Moore is asking for help finding the culprit.

They are original set pieces from the movie "The Natural" and the owner says they are worth $2,000.

The three cardboard cutouts on the inside of the window are now headless, and Moore wants to know who decapitated the figures.

"There was a kid sitting right where it happened and I said, ‘Did you notice what happened to those cut outs?' and he said ‘Yeah there were three girls sitting in here and I watched a girl rip the heads off,'" Moore recalled.

At Lunch on Friday, he was showing and telling all of his customers what happened Thursday night.

"Obviously they can't be replaced because they're antiques, but I'm pretty upset about this one and I'm going to make her pay for it," Moore warned. "She can either go to jail or give me some money for them."

The surveillance videos are all over his Facebook page, a method he said has worked before in the small college town.

"I actually had somebody steal the cutouts two years ago and I put it up on Facebook and they brought it back in," Moore recalled.

A sign outside warns customers they are on camera, four of them are the eyes and ears of the shop.

Square Pizza is a late night favorite for people leaving the bars.

"Kids are out having a good time, but I take the vandalism thing pretty seriously," he said.

Moore's father was just on the popular television show American Pickers. Priceless old movie memorabilia and Ole Miss antiques line the walls of the shop.

Late at night, everything, even condiment containers become targets for late night patrons.

"I try to make the place fairly bulletproof so everything is pretty much nailed to the wall," Moore said.

Moore said he hopes someone will come forward after watching our story.

He said he has had about 10 antiques taken from his shop but after asking for a look-out on social media sites, nine of them have been returned.

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