May 3 (UPI) -- Crime Stoppers in New Jersey is offering a reward for the return of a life-size Ronald McDonald statue stolen form a local restaurant.
The Hunterdon County Prosecutor said the iconic 250-pound fiberglass statue was stolen from a McDonald's restaurant between 11 p.m. April 26 and 10 a.m. April 27.
New Jersey Crime Stoppers is accepting anonymous tips and offering a reward of $500 to have the statue returned to its owners, Philip and Diane Koury, who have co-owned the franchise since 1991.
"Whoever stole Ronald McDonald didn't just steal from us, they stole from thousands of parents who want to share their memories growing up with their kids," Diane Koury told NJ.com. "They grew up with Ronald McDonald. He's a part of the history and marketing of McDonald's."
The couple said the statue is no longer in production and fear whoever stole it may be looking to sell it.
Koury said the community has shown an outpouring of support since the theft, including sharing photos of the statue and starting a Facebook page to search for the statue using the hashtag #findronald.
The restaurant in is currently under renovation and the Kourys hope the statue will be back in its place when the doors open again.
"It'll be so disappointing to reopen without Ronald McDonald," Koury said.