'Lorax' statue goes missing from Seuss property

A statue of the famous Dr. Seuss character the Lorax was taken from the author's estate in San Diego.

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The Lorax statue stolen from the Seuss estate is 3 feet high and crafted from bronze, weighing 300 pounds. "He was a family pet," says Seuss's stepdaughter Lark Grey Dimond-Cate.

A bronze statue of the famous Dr. Seuss character the Lorax was stolen from the author’s estate in San Diego, Calif. earlier this week.

The statue, which is 3 feet high and weighs 300 pounds, was reported missing Monday morning. Two versions of the statue were made by the stepdaughter of Theodore Geisel (Seuss’s real name), and the other was previously donated to a museum.

“We're just hoping that the suspects return it,” San Diego Police Lt. Andra Brown told Reuters. “The Geisel family is just asking that it be returned and they don't want to pursue the matter any further. Which is not to say the police won't.”

The author’s widow, Audrey Geisel, currently resides in the San Diego house. The manager of the property, Carl Romero, told the San Diego Union-Tribune that security cameras and motion detectors were set for installation on the property, one of which was going to monitor the Lorax statue.

"It’s peculiar that the Lorax was stolen right before the camera was installed,” he said. “It’s not a coincidence. It’s very private up here."

Geisel's stepdaughter,Lark Grey Dimond-Cate, asked that the statue be returned. 

"He’s not just a hunk of metal to us," Dimond-Cate told the Union-Tribune. "He was a family pet."

Molly Driscoll is a Monitor contributor.

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