Someone went to the trouble to free a wooden panda carving from its bolts outside a St. Anthony grade school and make off with the friendly mascot, authorities said.
The black-and-white character was stolen about two weeks ago from Wilshire Park Elementary School at 3600 Highcrest Rd., police said.
The mascot stands about 5 feet tall and weighs roughly 100 pounds. It has greeted students for many years with its big smile and a wave of its left paw.
Anyone with information about the statue is urged to call police at 612-782-3350.
Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482