700-pound Pelican Statue Pilfered

Byline: Associated Press

NOVATO (AP) — Authorities in the Bay Area town of Novato are flapping about the theft of a park statue — a 700-pound bronze pelican.

The Marin Independent Journal reported the statue, titled “Omay” — a Miwok Indian word for pelican — apparently was stolen the weekend of Oct. 8-9 from a park near Scottsdale Pond.

The statue was commissioned by the city council in 2007 at a cost of $27,500. It’s 9 feet tall with a 10-foot wingspan.

Novato police said the giant pelican may have been stolen for its metal content, but the motive isn’t clear yet. They’re offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the thieves.

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