June 26, 2009

Coffee shop missing Lady Liberty statue

The operator of a New York coffee shop says the recent theft of an 8-foot Statue of Liberty replica from her site is thoroughly un-American.

Debi Ryan of Ditmas Park's Vox Pop said the fiberglass statue of the U.S. landmark was taken from outside the store despite the fact it was bolted in place and weighs 200 pounds, the New York Daily News said Friday.

Whoever stole our Liberty better give it back to us, Ryan said. To have someone steal our Liberty is beyond outrageous -- it's un-American.

Whoever took it must have planned it out, she added. Everyone is trying to figure out how or why anyone could have taken it. It was bolted into long, wooden anchors and wouldn't fit in a car."

The statue, given to the store by local artists, was first reported missing on Sunday and since has become the focus of a manhunt featuring missing posters and a $175 reward.

Ryan told the Daily News she remains confident the statue will soon be back at its rightful home.

I know we will find our Liberty, she said. I just know it.