Greensboro, NC -- Some people will steal just about anything and in this case... they did.
Over the weekend, someone vandalized and stole a statue depicting one of the mascots of the Greensboro Grasshoppers.
The team reported Tuesday that the Miss Babe Ruth statue, located at the southeast corner of NewBridge Bank Park, was taken. The thieves left the paws intact in the concrete.
The team's President and General Manager Donald Moore confirmed the news. "It is really sad that someone would steal the statue of Babe," said Moore
Moore said the statue was constructed in June 2008 in the likeness of the popular team mascot, a Labrador retriever. The statue has sat next to the bench with a smiling Guilford the Grasshopper likeness.
The fiberglass, life-size statue was custom-made by Fun Enterprises, LLC, of Beachwood, Ohio, and was bolted four inches into concrete.
"We are already moving forward with having the statue replaced," said Moore "Unfortunately, it will take weeks, if not months to get a new one made.
Team officials are offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the thief's arrest and conviction.
The Grasshoppers open a seven game home stand Tuesday night, ironically with Master Yogi Berra's Bark in the Park. Dog owners are encouraged to bring their pooches to the game.
WFMY News 2/Greensboro Grasshoppers