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Bear Statue Nabbed From Learning Center

Center's children and family disheartened to learn of the missing 200-pound, bolted statue.

Family Circle Learning Center off Benson Drive is offering a $100 reward for information leading to the recovery of a beloved carved wooden bear.

The welcoming character formerly stood outside the center's main entrance at 10717 Southeast 172nd Street. 

The bear was last seen on December 23rd at 9 p.m as employees left for the evening. The next moring, the bear was gone.

The four-foot tall statue is solid wood and weighs 200 pounds. At the time of the theft, the bear sported a Santa hat.

The bear was previously secured with metal bolts; however, the thieves appeared to have used a saw to cut through the bolts. Both children and families at the center were disheartened to learn of the missing bear and could not believe something like this could happen.  

Anyone with information may contact the office at (425) 228-9111 or the Renton Police Department reference case number 12-13445 at (425) 430-7500.

Ryb Katz December 29, 2012 at 07:29 PM
So sad that someone would do that...but, it does make me wonder if it could be related to the theft, we believe on Christmas Eve, of a very heavy (~60#) concrete rooster off our front porch in the Highlands area? We've had the rooster for over 20 years and through 4 moves in 3 states. It's difficult to imagine why anyone would take things that are not particularly salable (or in our case, not overly valuable) but have tremendous sentimental value to the owners/public. I hope the thieves are located!

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