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Deputies bearing down on case of stolen statue

Wed., Jan. 9, 2013

PORTLAND – A bear that weighs more than 200 pounds is missing, and it’s not in hibernation.

The sheriff’s office in Washington County, Ore., said the wooden statue of a bear was stolen from a home near Portland during the weekend.

The homeowner bought the 5-foot-tall statue in 1996 for $1,700 and had it displayed in the front yard for many years.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Ray said the theft occurred in the overnight hours, and that it would have taken at least two people to carry the bear.

Investigators are confident the public will help them quickly solve the crime.

Authorities have yet to receive any tips, but, Ray said, “You can’t hide that bear.”


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