A statue of a nude green man effortlessly performing a handstand was stolen from a Fallbrook resident’s front yard last month and deputies are now searching for the thief.
The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) said the quirky lawn art – which weighs between 30 and 40 pounds and is valued at $3,500 – was stolen sometime between Sept. 6 and Sept. 29.
The 3-foot-tall ceramic statue, dubbed “Green Man,” is hollow and depicts a limber man doing a one-handed handstand.
It was created by sculptor Larry Miller, who displays much of his artwork around his home and yard. Miller and his wife were on a 6-week vacation when they received a phone call from their son who told them “Green Man” was missing.
Miller said the statue was sentimental to him because he made it himself. It had been displayed in his front yard, undisturbed, for the past 15 years.
Although he doubts he’ll ever see the statue again, he told NBC 7 he’s hopeful someone sees the news reports about the crime and helps bring “Green Man” home.
Anyone with information on the stolen statue or the suspect who took it can reach out to the Fallbrook Sheriff’s Substation at (760) 451-3100 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.