Lady Liberty conducts illegal field trip to Beaver Dam | daily citizen

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A 6-foot statue stolen from a local business has been found.

The Beaver Dam Police Department received a report Friday afternoon that a replica Statue of Liberty that stood near the entrance to Annabelle’s Ice Cream Parlor, 301 Front St., had been stolen overnight.

Annabelle’s owners Ann and Jason Loppnow have offered a $500 reward for information leading to a conviction in a social media post.

“It is a statue with a unique design that is irreplaceable! We are heartbroken. It was a treasure for us,” they wrote in the post.

Police were notified around 8 a.m. Sunday that the owners were picking up the statue in Edgewater Park. It had been placed in the pavilion next to the picnic tables. The Loppnows credited Brenda and Chris Kuhl with spotting the statue and alerting them to its whereabouts.

The statue suffered no damage other than a broken light bulb and a glass torch.

Annabelle’s parking lot was the site of another theft in November 2019 when a purple Christmas tree intended for a non-profit organization was stolen in broad daylight.

CARE for Dodge County, an addiction recovery organization, requested the tree from the downtown business to adorn its Beaver Dam Holiday Parade float.

The Loppnows also took to social media after the theft. It was not salvaged, but several people made donations to replace the tree.

Follow Kelly Simon on Twitter @KSchmidSimon or contact her at 920-356-6757.

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