Authorities search for 400 pound bronze eagle

5:42 PM, Sep 3, 2012   |    comments
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CUMMING, Ga. -- You would think a 400 pound eagle would be easy to spot, but a six foot tall bronze bird has proven pretty elusive.

Visitors to the Big Creek Greenway in Forsyth County have grown accustomed to the gentle greeting of two giant wings and a bronze beak. Last week, someone swiped the bronze eagle sculpture from its concrete slab. It hasn't been seen since.

"It must have taken a lot of people and a lot of planning," said one visitor to the greenway. "What are they going to do? Sell it on Ebay?"

The eagle was placed at the entrance to the popular trail that runs along the greenway in April. It has a wing span of about eight feet.

"This is the first time something of this nature has occurred at a Forsyth County park or recreational area," Parks and Recreation Director Jerry Kinsey said. "It is certainly our hope that the sculpture will be returned." 

Just two weeks ago, Joe Bettez snapped this picture of a Boy Scout troop posing beside the eagle. He wonders if the thieves were motivated by prank or profit. 

"It could be in someone's backyard," said Bettez. "It was a beautiful sculpture. Then again, someone said it could have been melted down and sold." 

Anyone with information regarding the sculpture is asked to call the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office South Precinct at 770-781-3047

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