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Thieves give in to dark side, steal Yoda statue

170-pound bronze piece taken from truck, valued at $20,000
/ Source: The Associated Press

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.