A lion statue weighing at least 200 pounds has been stolen from the outside of a home in Connecticut, leaving its twin to stand guard alone.
Homeowner Bob Paolino said he noticed the statue missing when he was outside watering his flowers Wednesday morning.
The cat-napping must have taken some intense planning, as Paolino needed two friends to help him install the pair of statues nine or 10 years ago.
A statue of a lion weighing at least 200 pounds has been stolen from outside a home in New London, Connecticut, but the thieves only took one
'I was shocked,' he said to The Day. 'I find it amazing that they could steal something that heavy.'
Paolino thinks they must have used a contraption such as a mobile crane to steal the statue.
Even though the lion was sandwiched between a mailbox and a handrail, the bandits left very little evidence they had even been there, except for two marks in the flower bed below the statue.
The missing lion statue remains a mystery. Its pair now sits alone in front of the house
Police are now working on recovering the missing lion.
'I asked what do you think the chances of it being found? And he said not very good. But the publicity might,' Paolino said to News8.
Homeowner Bob Paolino is asking for his lion statue to be returned
Pictured: The house with the two lions standing guard before the robbery
The statues were made in England, so a replacement would not come easily.
Paolino is worried the robbers will come back for the matching statue. He also has said he considered securing the lions to the base, but then did not believe anyone would take them.
'It's funny because years ago, I wondered if I should cement them down,' he said. 'But then I thought, "Who would be able to steal these?"'
Paolino's house was last sold in January 2004 for $275,000.