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Stolen statue returned to Cary school

Posted August 25, 2010 1:01 p.m. EDT
Updated August 25, 2010 1:46 p.m. EDT

— A week after a copper dolphin statue was stolen from the front entrance to Davis Drive Elementary School, the sculpture was returned Wednesday, Principal Chip Mack said.

The statue, which students and school staff nicknamed "Davey," has served as a school mascot for two years.

"Davey" was stolen on Aug. 17, and a pool-cleaning crew found the statue in a nearby neighborhood pool Wednesday, Mack said.

The school's security camera captured an image of a teenage boy swiping the statue off its base. The boy walked to the school from the parking lot of the adjacent Davis Drive Middle School and then fled toward Davis Drive.

The boy was wearing light-colored shorts, a T-shirt and hat and was talking on a cell phone during the theft, Mack said.

Police asked anybody who could identify the thief to call Cary Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2746.

"We know that taking the mascot from our school was senseless. We also know that our school community is in support of doing the right thing," Mack said in a statement.