A statue stolen from outside the Lincoln Children's Museum over the weekend is returned.
At approximately 3:35 p.m. on Wednesday, a statue that was reported missing from Lincoln Children's Museum on Sunday was recovered.
A Museum staff member and a volunteer discovered the statue titled "Glory" in some bushes that border the Museum and Centennial Mall.
The statue was previously damaged in a separate incident, but no additional vandalism was evident.
"We're thrilled that the statue from the 'On Parade' collection was replaced," said Interim Executive Director Angela Smith. "We don't know the specifics of when, why or how it was taken, but we are all relieved it has made its way back to the Museum. Thank you to the Lincoln and surrounding communities for your interest and support."
Police say the interim director of the museum noticed the bronze statue was missing Sunday.
The little bronze child carrying flags is part of the "Join the Parade" series outside the museum. The statue is worth $7,000.
"The ironic part is that one was a little bit loose and we had been talking about getting it repaired. My first thought someone must have taken it in and they are getting it repaired. I made a few calls to museum staff, but no one had taken it so unfortunately we realized someone had taken it," Interim Director of the Lincoln Children's Museum Angela Smith said.
Even though the statue was loose, Smith says it still would have been quite a task to swipe the statue.
"It would have taken them some time, even though it was loose, they really would have had to work it and get it off that base," Smith said.
The statue which is just under four foot tall is usually between the dog and little girl with batons. It's been part of the Lincoln Children's Museum for more than 10 years, making it irreplaceable in more ways than one.
"The particular one that was missing is called Glory and Glory is no longer available so I don't know if we would have ever been able to replace it if we hadn't found the original." Smith said.
Without the statue, Smith said it was like the museum was missing a family member.