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* Pelican 700-pound bronze sculpture stolen from a park at Scottsdale Pond in Novato

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Novato police have offered a $1,000 reward in connection with the theft of a 700-pound bronze pelican sculpture from a park at Scottsdale Pond. The bronze statue that was affixed to a stone was severed and stolen between Oct. 3 and Oct. 8, police said.

The sculpture, called Omay, a Miwok word for pelican, depicts a pelican in flight, and is the work of Idaho artist David Clemons. It was commissioned by the city in 2007. Novato police Sgt. Eric Riddell said the sculpture on the west side of Scottsdale Pond is not easily visible from Redwood and Rowland boulevards, west of U.S. Highway 101.

The thief or thieves might have stolen the bronze pelican to get cash for the metal that fetches $9 a pound, Riddell said. The reward is for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call police at (415) 897-1122 of the police department’s tip line at (800) 222-TIPS.

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