Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A community in England lamented the theft of a 6-foot long crocodile statue that was on display at a local park for several years.
Newlay Conservation Society in Leeds shared photos of the statue which was stolen some time between between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. on Monday night.
"Residents and visitors to Newlay are upset by the theft of an old friend from a house by the river," the society said. "The crocodile has been clearly visible from Newlay Bridge for many years and has always been a point of interest for passers-by."
The thieves appeared to have bolt cut a locked gate before bolt cutting the steel cable that held the statue down. The society also estimated that at least two people and a van would be required to transport the statue away from the scene.
"Whoever it was who did this planned this meticulously," the society said. "It's a cruel blow to the owners and to Newlay."
The society encouraged residents to keep an eye out for the crocodile on online market places such as eBay and Facebook in the event the thieves look to turn a profit on the stolen statue.