Anderson veteran asks for eagle statue stolen on Memorial Day to be returned

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ANDERSON, Ind.-- A local Air Force veteran says someone stole a concrete eagle from his front yard in Anderson.

It happened over Memorial Day weekend in the 2600 block of State Street. At a time when the nation honors our heroes, the local vet was the victim of a brazen theft.

"She said hey, somebody stole the eagle she said it's missing," said Richard Whitaker.

Richard's wife discovered the eagle was missing from the yard when they returned home Sunday afternoon. A fixture in front of their home for the past 10 years. To go along with the other collectibles, including eagle displays on shelves and the walls in the Whitaker home.

"It was just like a shock to know somebody had taken it after all this time," said Carol Whitaker.

A neighbor saw the thief swipe the sixty-pound statue.

"Said he walked over. Picked that thing up with both arms and carried it over put it in his car and he said he pulled all the way up in your driveway," Richard said.

The couple contacted police who canvassed the neighborhood. Carol Whitaker is holding on to hope someone will return the eagle.

"We don't hold grudges so I think if it was possible to be returned that's all we would really care about," Carol said.

Richard has already started researching a new statue. He says for the same paint job and size it will cost about $300 they simply don't have. It's a prized possession he says can't simply be replaced.

"I just want my regular one back, but I know I won't so I've just more or less accepted it because I can't stand the stress," he said.

The neighbor says the thief was in a white four-door Honda, but he wasn't able to get a plate number. If you know anything about the theft contact the Anderson Police Department at 765-648-9715.

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