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FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga -- Police in Fayette County are on the lookout for a red-hot, giant red chili pepper. The pepper was stolen from a farm in the town of Brooks.

It was not a pepper you could eat, it was a six foot replica of a pepper. Many people would recognize it as a symbol for a popular restaurant. For a Fayette County teenager, it was a piece of
memorabilia.

Bishop Watts said he spent $200 of his own money to buy the giant red chili pepper that he had admired at a local auction house.
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Honestly it was just really cool,
"
he said.
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Who owns a giant chili pepper around here, you know?
"

Watts said he planned to re-sell the pepper at first, then thought of using it as a jump for his horses on his family
'
s farm on Bankstown Road. He eventually decided to put it on an island in the middle of a pond on the farm. Now it
'
s gone. Someone stole it.

The Watts family has reached out to the Fayette County Sheriff Office and put pictures of the missing pepper on Facebook.
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Most of the people that have responded have been like,
'
Oh, the chili pepper, the chili pepper down on Bankstown.
'"
It was clearly visible to motorists driving by the farm.

Laura Watts, Bishop
'
s mother, said she has even called around to local pawn shops.
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When I call up and I was like, Hi, I just wanted to see if anybody has tried to sell or pawn a large red chili pepper, and they're reaction was like,
'
a what
'"
?!

The Watts say it is not the money. It
'
s the lesson about other people
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s money.
"
A
s I teach him (Bishop) to respect other people's property it's kind of hard when somebody comes and takes his property," Laura Watts said.

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Bring it back,
"
she said.
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Please, bring it back.
"

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If you bring it back, just dump it over the fence and we won't worry about it anymore,
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Bishop said.

The Watts said they figure it's probably kids who stole it on a dare. They're hoping they'll return it, no questions asked, before they're caught red-handed with a hot, giant red chili pepper.

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