SAN DIMAS ( — The public’s help was needed Friday to find a $25,000 bronze statue that was stolen Tuesday night from in front of San Dimas City Hall.

The statue, called “Catching Frogs,” depicts two boys crouched at the edge of a fountain in the act of catching a frog leaping out of reach, according to officials from the Los Angeles County sheriff’s San Dimas Station.

The statue was stolen sometime Tuesday night and the theft was discovered on Wednesday morning.

The sculpture by Vic Riesau was dedicated on Dec. 19, 1998 after being displayed at the 1996 San Dimas Festival of Arts National Western Art Exhibition and Sale, officials said. Members of the San Dimas Festival of Arts just happened to be setting up for the 18th Annual Wildlife & Landscape Art Show at City Hall this weekend.

Authorities believe the statue may have been stolen for its scrap value.

Anyone with information about the theft can contact the San Dimas Station at (909) 450-2700.


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