A LOWLIFE swine who stole the Hog's Breath Cafe's beloved Christmas pig mascot has left staff members devastated.
The $30 soft toy was pig-napped from the front counter of the Hervey Bay restaurant about 9pm on Sunday and police are now hunting for the pork-petrator.
"We love the pig," said Hayley Campbell, who owns the Boat Harbour Dr restaurant with her husband Shaun.
"I know it's only a $30 toy, but it's much more to us.
"It's just such a low act at Christmas time."
Dressed as Santa Claus, the plush pink pig sings carols and trots around at the press of a button, bringing joy to Hog's Breath customers and staff members alike.
"One staff member loved it so much, so she scored a blue pig off eBay and that was going to be its boyfriend," Hayley said.
"We can't even get a new one because no one sells them anymore."
Shaun said his staff were devastated by the loss of "Piggy".
"We love our pig," he said.
"He's our friend, he's been our mascot since we opened. The kids miss him. Christmas just won't be the same."
The crime was captured on security footage and clearly shows two young men, who were dining in a family group, removing Piggy from her perch.
Hayley said she just wanted to see the beloved toy returned to its owners.
"If somehow, Piggy miraculously reappeared, we would be perfectly fine with that," she said.
Hervey Bay police have also urged the offender to bring back the bacon.
"There is CCTV footage, so I suggest the baddie takes it back before he gets pinched for stealing the Christmas pig," a spokesman said.
"We're onto them. We've got a team of our finest detectives on it."
He was not telling porky pies.
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