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Update: $50,000 sculpture NOT stolen from community clubhouse

Posted at 8:54 AM, Oct 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-05 14:37:54-04

**UPDATE** -- Crime Stoppers now say that this missing statue was not in fact stolen.  The sculpture was actually removed for a scheduled refurbishment by the original artist.

Marketing personnel at Miromar Lakes say the theft report was the result of "miscommunication between internal departments."

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LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Investigators say thieves must have needed a bit of elbow grease to remove a heavy sculpture from a community clubhouse this week.

According to Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers, the statue pictured here was removed from the Miromar Lakes Community Clubhouse by unknown individuals sometime after 8pm Monday.

The artwork, valued at $50,000, was discovered missing the next morning.

Investigators say the sculpture is large and heavy, and would have taken great effort to remove.

Anyone with information on the theft, or location of the artwork, is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).  All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.  Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or through the P3 mobile app on any smartphone.