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Two 100-pound lion statues stolen from Pennsylvania porch

Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania family is offering a $500 reward for the safe return of a pair of 100-pound lion statues taken from an 87-year-old woman's porch.

Contance Hartman, of Hanover Township, said the lions were the symbols of her family restaurant when it operated from 1986 until 2003, and they have since adorned the porch of her home.

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Hartman said the lions were discovered missing from their bases Saturday morning.

"I just can't imagine what anybody can do with them. I mean, It's not like you stole a purse you can throw in the garbage. What do you do with 200 pounds of lions?" Hartman told WNEP-TV.

She said the lions were popular neighborhood landmarks.

"When the kids will come by when they're in their strollers, they will stop, and they pet the lions and give them kisses, and they just were part of the building. It's sad. I mean, what could anybody want with them," she said.

Hartman said her security cameras failed to record the theft, but she is hoping neighbors may have captured footage that will aid the investigation.

Hartman's family is offering a $500 reward for the safe return of the stolen lions or information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the thieves.

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