Someone lifted a 170-pound bronze statue of Yoda, the “Star Wars” Jedi master. The theft from a flatbed truck was reported to police last weekend and artist Lawrence Noble has offered a $1,000 reward for its return. The limited-edition bronze is worth up to $20,000.
“It’s a real high-end collectible,” Noble said.
The statue was one of four bolted to a flatbed truck parked overnight Jan. 17 at the Westway Inn on Colorado Boulevard. Police said someone grabbed Yoda that night or early the next morning.
“We are treating this as a burglary and we’d appreciate any information the public might have,” said police spokeswoman Janet Pope.
Lucasfilm Ltd. commissioned the statues as part of a planned series featuring other “Star Wars” characters.
The statues were being driven from Artworks Foundry in Berkeley to DKE Enterprises in Los Angeles to be sold, Noble said.