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700-Pound Pelican Statue Stolen From Novato Park

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A photo of the pelican sculpture stolen from a Scottsdale Pond Park (City of Novato)

A photo of the pelican sculpture stolen from a Scottsdale Pond Park (City of Novato)

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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.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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