Thieves have stolen a bronze frog statue from a city in Southern California that had been sitting in the city’s fountain for more than 15 years.
Thieves have stolen a bronze frog statue from a city in Southern California that had been sitting in the city’s fountain for more than 15 years. The city of San Dimas Calif., east of Los Angeles and just over the Orange County border, reported last week that its beloved statue, “Catching Frogs” which depicts two boys trying to capture a jumping frog through a water fall, was stolen the October 16-17.
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“It’s terrible,” Shantel Baez told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. “My kids love that statue. They played on it. They sat on it.”
“I feel so bad for the person who made it,” said Baez’s 9-year-old daughter, Giselle.
Catching Frogs, a three foot tall statue made of solid bronze, was commissioned by former San Dimas City Manager Robert Poff, and was created by artist Vic Riesau, a renowned sculpture known for his 30 year work with the bronze metal.
A spokesperson for the San Dimas sheriff’s department speculates that the statue was stolen for the value of the bronze. The thieves stole the frog portion of the statue October 16 and returned the next night and stole the much larger and heavier boys section. No word on if artist Vic Riesau is aware of the theft. According to Riesau's website, he has since stopped working with bronze and is creating his art with an easel.