Lorax” statue goes missing from Dr. Seuss’ home

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"Lorax" statue goes missing from Dr. Seuss' home

Lorax

From there to here, from here to there, things are stolen everywhere.

This time, it’s a 300-pound, three-foot-high bronze statue of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, star of the recent ani­mated film of the same name.

It’s been swiped from the late author’s hill­side estate over­look­ing the Pacific Ocean in San Diego, police said Tues­day. It was reported miss­ing Mon­day morn­ing, said Lt. Andra Brown.

Police are try­ing to ascer­tain if the theft was related to the movie — star­ring the voices of Zac Efron and Tay­lor Swift — that’s still play­ing in theaters.

We don’t know if it’s just a prank because of the recent release of the movie, or if some­one thinks it’s going to be worth a buck or two because it’s a lot of (metal),” Brown said.

We’re just hop­ing that the sus­pects return it,” she added. “The Geisel fam­ily is just ask­ing that it be returned, and they don’t want to pur­sue the mat­ter any fur­ther. Which is not to say the police won’t.”

The statue dis­played the Lorax stand­ing on a tree stump with his arms outstretched.

Prop­erty man­ager Carl Romero told the U-T San Diego news­pa­per Tues­day that he found foot­prints indi­cat­ing the thieves had dragged the statue to an access road and hoisted it over a fence. Although he had seen the statue Sat­ur­day after­noon, Audrey Geisel — Dr. Seuss’ widow — noticed that it was miss­ing Mon­day morning.

Audrey Geisel still lives on the estate in the San Diego com­mu­nity of La Jolla, Cal­i­for­nia. Theodor Geisel, author of The Lorax and other best-selling kids’ books as Dr. Seuss, died in 1991 at 87.

The statue was one of two cast by Geisel’s step­daugh­ter, Lark Grey Dimond-Cate, said Brown. The other was donated to the Dr. Seuss National Memo­r­ial in Spring­field, Mass­a­chu­setts, the author’s hometown.

Evi­dence at the scene indi­cates that the thieves may have rolled the statue down the hill to a neigh­bor­ing prop­erty, then loaded it onto a wait­ing vehi­cle, said Brown.

I want very badly to get our lit­tle Lorax back home where he belongs,” said Dimond-Cate. “Wher­ever he is, he’s scared, lonely and hun­gry. He’s not just a hunk of metal to us. He was a fam­ily pet.”

She hopes that the Lorax’s recently revived fame is the rea­son for the theft. Oth­er­wide, Dimond-Cate said, the Lorax may have been stolen for the bronze.

I hope he hasn’t been taken across the bor­der into Tijuana for scrap,” she said. “Worst-case sce­nario, I’ll get the foundry to cre­ate another one, but he won’t be the same.”

The statue was stolen just before secu­rity cam­eras were installed, and few knew of its loca­tion, said Romero.

Audrey Geisel just wants the Lorax returned and doesn’t feel like pun­ish­ing any­one, Romero added.

You can’t sell it on eBay.”

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