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.