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Art stolen from front yard


Last updated 12/28/2006 at Noon

FALLBROOK — After moving to what they thought was the safe Friendly Village of Fallbrook, Bob and Patti Hahn were fortunate to able to acquire a beautiful life-sized bronze sculpture of a boy and his dog crossing an eight-foot log. They had the sculpture placed on their fenced-in front lawn so their neighbors could enjoy it too. Being dog lovers, the statue was the Hahns’ pride and joy.

“People would come by our house just to see the statue,” Patti said.

In the late night hours of Friday, December 1, or very early morning hours of Saturday, December 2, the sculpture was stolen.

“Thieves had backed a large, flatbed truck up our driveway, across our lawn and stolen the statue with some sort of lift because the statue weighed several hundred pounds,” Patti said.

Although the sculpture was appraised at approximately $10,000, the couple says “the police said they didn’t have time to investigate it even though it was grand larceny.” The Hahns are offering a $500 reward for the sculpture’s safe return.

“Although our hearts are broken, we may have some solace knowing that someone else can enjoy the purloined statue,” Patti said. “However, if this band of thieves is stealing bronze statues to melt down for their copper content, be afraid, Fallbrook!”


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