700-Pound Pelican Statue Stolen From Novato Park

NOVATO (KCBS) —- Metal thieves have struck Novato in a big way, taking a bronze pelican statue from a city park.

The 700-pound statue was placed in Scottsdale Pond Park in 2007. It was named Omay, the Miwok word for pelican, and it cost the city $27,500.

It was stolen over the weekend, probably taken for the value of the bronze metal, and officials are worried it might end up with recyclers.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

“When I got the news yesterday, my heart just sank,” said Novato Mayor Madeline Kellner.

Idaho artist David Clemons created the statue, which shows a pelican in flight. The statue is about nine feet tall, with a 10-foot wingspan.

Police believe it must have taken at least two people to move the statue.

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