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Audrey Geisel, the widow of Theodore Geisel, the author known around the world as Dr. Seuss, is pleading for the return of a two-foot tall statue of the title character from The Lorax. The statue was stolen from Geisel’s San Diego area home this past weekend.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that property manager Carl Romero and Geisel, 90, did not notice that the 300-pound sculpture was not there until Monday. He told the paper that he last saw the statue on Saturday. On Monday, he noticed footprints in their garden, indicating that the thieves took the statue and lifted it over their chain-link fence. Romero also confirmed that he did tell police about the incident.
“It’s a valuable piece because there are only two of them, and it’s an iconic figure,” Romero told the paper, stressing that Geisel “just wants it back.”
According to The Associated Press, Geisel’s daughter, Lark Grey Dimond-Cate, cast both statues. The other one resides at a national memorial dedicated to The Cat in the Hat author’s hometown of Springfield, MA. Diamond-Cate told the Union-Tribune that the statue is very important to the family. “Wherever he is, he’s scared, lonely and hungry. He’s not just a hunk of metal to us. He was a family pet,” she said.
She also hopes that the thieves did not take it “...across the border into Tijuana for scrap. Worst-case scenario, I’ll get the foundry to create another one, but he won’t be the same.”
According to The Daily Mail, the statue is reportedly worth at least $10,000.
Romero told the Union-Tribune that he does not believe that it is a coincidence that the piece was stolen just before there were plans to install security cameras on the property. “It’s not a coincidence. It’s very private up here,” he said.
The Lorax was written in 1971 by Dr. Seuss, who died in 1991. The story was turned into an animated film by Universal and Illumination Entertainment, which opened in theaters earlier this month.