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The Columbus Police Department is seeking the public’s help in recovering a missing bronze statue, thought to be stolen last weekend from the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. headquarters.

The 3-foot statue was taken from the fountain pool outside the BCSC Administration Building, 1200 Central Ave. The statue, “Puddles and Frog Pond,” is of a girl stepping barefoot into the water.

The statue was last seen Saturday and BCSC officials reported it stolen at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Lt. Matt Myers, spokesman for the police department, said the incident doesn’t appear to be a prank.

“We think someone was trying to make some money off it,” Myers said.

District Superintendent John Quick said the statue and its companion piece of a little boy were left to the school district when ArvinMeritor sold the building, its former headquarters, to the school district in 2005. He said the statue has great sentimental value for school officials as it symbolizes the site’s educational history as the former Garfield School.

“If someone has already busted that up for the bronze, what a shame,” Quick said. “Hopefully, it will show up somewhere. I keep hoping that I will get a call from the police and it was just a prank.”

Quick said the statue weighs hundreds of pounds, and he said the district estimates it is worth at least $10,000.

Police are asking community members to notify Detective Eric Stevens at 376-2600 if they have information on the incident.

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