TEXAS CITY — A bronze statue depicting a child swinging a baseball bat has been stolen from a Texas City park, police said.
A cash reward is being offered for information leading to the recovery of the statue, which was pulled off its foundation at Godard Park and taken last week, police Sgt. Rex Spotted Bear said.
Crews responding to a small grass fire at the park reported the statue missing on April 10, when a piece of cloth placed over a spotlight above the sculpture caught fire, Spotted Bear said.
Investigators suspect that whoever stole the statue covered the spotlight, then tied a rope to the life-size sculpture and pulled it off its foundation to easily transport it, Spotted Bear said. A yellow rope and tire marks were found at the scene.
The “Out of the Park” statue, created by the late artist Walt Horton, was dedicated in March 1999, according to a city map of public artwork.
The city-owned sculpture stood near a Little League Baseball field at Godard Park at Loop 197 and 23rd Street North.
Anyone with information that could help lead to the statue’s recovery is asked to contact the Mainland Communities Crime Stoppers at 409-945-8477.