A CRIME of passion appears to have taken place in Murwillumbah.
One of several papier mache sculptures, crafted by a Murwillumbah TAFE student to highlight the plight of homeless people during Homeless Person's Week, has been stolen from outside of Blockbuster Video in Wollumbin St.
But the plot thickens.
'Missing Persons' signs around town calling for the return of the papier mache man state that a strange note was left where the sculpture was originally placed.
My Daily News obtained a copy of the note.
"The paper man is hot," the scrawled note reads, accompanied by an 'x' symbol, indicating a kiss.
The 'Missing Persons' sign, with contact details linking to Kingscliff TAFE, is humorous and certainly hard to miss on the streets of Murwillumbah.
It lists the sculptures name as "Paperman", of unknown age, weighing 3kg and measuring five foot and seven inches tall.
Paperman's hair is listed as black and white and he is also described as "of multicultural appearance".
But while the circumstances surrounding the theft of the papier mache sculpture may be amusing, the message portrayed by paperman was important.
The Paperman aimed to raise awareness of the prevalence of homeless people doing it tough in Australia, with more than 105,000 Aussies sleeping rough every day.
In NSW 6% of homeless people are sleeping rough and 74% are staying temporarily with other households or living in overcrowded dwellings like caravans, boarding houses or other temporary accommodation.
If you have any information regarding the theft of the papier mache sculpture call Kingscliff TAFE on 02 6672 0800.
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