Statue stolen from a Twin Cities park is found in someone's front yard

Apparently it was just a prank.

A bronze girl statue that was stolen from a Minnesota park earlier this week was found in someone's yard.

The statue, called "Dreams Take Flight," was snatched from Centennial Lakes Park in Edina on Sunday, and a $1,000 reward had been offered for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) who took it.

Then Wednesday night, the city happily announced that the sculpture had been found – in someone's yard in Richfield.

"Thanks to our diligent social media fans, City Extra subscribers and media, word got out and 'Dreams Take Flight' has been recovered! A passerby spotted the bronze sculpture in Richfield, apparently dumped in a yard in the 7200 block of Columbus Avenue," the Facebook post says.

So apparently it was just a prank and the yard owner wasn't the person who stole the statue – although it would have been pretty bold and blatant if they were.

The city said the $25,000 statue wasn't damaged. It's been returned to the artist Nick Legeros, who will clean it up before it goes back in the park soon, KSTP's Ryan Raiche tweeted.

An Edina spokeswoman told the Star Tribune that the $1,000 reward is still on the table for anyone who can help police find out who did it.

Whoever it was, they must be fairly strong – that sculpture is three feet all, weighs 150 pounds, and it had been attached to a boulder.

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