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Where was the Lorax statue? And why isn't it there? And why was it lifted and taken somewhere? Only a Grinch with muscles to spare, could make a 300-pound statue disappear into thin air.

I told you a movie version would only come to no good!

Authorities have yet to nab the crook (crooks?) that made off with the 2-foot bronze replica of the iconic Dr. Seuss children's book character. The statue was last seen Saturday. The theft is supposed to have taken place sometime Sunday. Seuss' widow, Audrey Geisel, and property manager, Carl Romero, first noticed it missing from her La Jolla garden Monday morning.

According to CinemaBlend, the Lorax-lifter went through great pains to cart off the potential eBay gold: the weighty statue "had to be dragged the length of the garden, raised over a chain length fence, and then furtively driven away down an access road."

Audrey Geisel’s daughter, sculptor Lark Grey Dimond-Cate designed the Lorax replica in 1992. There are only two such statues in existence, one located in her stepfather’s hometown, Springfield, Mass., the other: parts unknown.

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jimwilsterman April 3, 2012 @ 5:52 p.m.

Their intent was probably to melt down for scrap by now.

All of us who run Foundries in the region have discussed this and are watching for chunks of Lorax to be brought in by shady characters or desperate art students.

This was a stupid crime - there is no where to take this to melt down as no scrap dealer or foundry will touch it, and all of us will turn them in on sight.

They will never be able to fence or unload this sculpture unless it is totally melted down. Unless it was the equivalent of kidnapping Bob's Big Boy back in the 1960's or a radical anti-environmental group making a statement - I predict it will be too hot to hold onto and they will end up dumping it somewhere just to get rid of the evidence....

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Scott Marks April 3, 2012 @ 9:44 p.m.

In Chicago they were called Marc's Big Boy. When they closed the one on Dempster Ave., someone sawed off the Big Boy's head, hung it on from its arm, and drew an enormous phallus down the side of its leg. It's sad how the level of creativity among vandals has diminished throughout the years.

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SurfPuppy619 April 3, 2012 @ 9 p.m.

Pretty rotten thing to do......................

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Burwell April 3, 2012 @ 9:09 p.m.

The thieves probably had it melted down in Mexico, then shipped the ingots back across the border for sale in the U.S.

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Colonna April 5, 2012 @ 3:39 p.m.

It will probably show up near the Bob Hope Tribute - I'd love to see the picture of a bronze Bobsy telling jokes to a lummoxed Lorax!

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