A member of Willie Nelson‘s road crew fell foul of an unlikely crime last week when his toy armadillo was stolen directly from the stage by an audience member.
The incident came after the legendary singer was performing at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester on September 19 as part of a US tour. Nelson’s monitor engineer Aaron Foye, the owner of the treasured toy, was helping to pack down the stage alongside the rest of Nelson’s crew when a mystery woman was seen to walk on, pick up the toy and leave.
Grainy footage of the crime can be seen on LoHud.com, where the woman is visibly seen taking the stuffed animal – known as Ol’ Dillo.
A post on the singer’s Facbook page is currently asking people to help find the toy critter. It reads: “Someone stole Aaron’s Armadillo from the sound desk backstage on Sept 19 at the Capital Theater (149 Westchester Ave, Port Chester, NY 10573)
Did you go to the show? Did you work the show? Help us find the WOMAN in this video who stole him.”
Nelson’s publicist Elaine Schock, however, was unaware of the event. “When you go to a Willie Nelson show,” she commented, “the last thing you notice is an armadillo.”