Missing New London lion is a mystery

Missing New London lion statue found in stroller

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Broad Street is no secluded street in New London. Bob Paolino’s home sits close to a pizza place and the court house. Across the street is a park and a Dunkin’ Donuts. Yet someone managed to steal a 250-pound statue from in front of his house with no one seeing a thing.

The right facing statue remains but the left facing lion disappeared sometime overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday.

“I went to water this one and I looked down and I went oh my god the lions gone,” said Paolino as he stood near a mum plant on his porch. “But I think I was more shocked than anything else.”

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(WTNH / Tina Detelj)

Paolino got the pair statues about seven years ago, and he needed the help of some pretty strong friends to put them in front of his house.

“While they were able to get them out of the truck and over here,” explained Paolino. “They could not lift them up to the height.”

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(WTNH / Tina Detelj)

Now he’s wondering who could have removed the king of the jungle without as much as a roar during the process. The mailbox wasn’t touched, and nothing was disturbed. He only noticed two little marks on the front lawn.

“Did they have some sort of a lift?” asked Paolino. “Who knows.”

He thought he heard a scrape but didn’t think anything of it.

“Just a scrape but sometimes people going into Dunkin’ Donuts their cars will hit the bottom of the driveway,” said Paolino.

Police are now on the case.

“I asked what do you think the chances of it being found? And he said not very good. But the publicity might,” said Paolino who is hoping the public will help track down the elusive lion. The matching statues were made in England so replacing one won’t be easy.

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(WTNH / Tina Detelj)

“Where were these people when I bought them?” he asked with a laugh. “They could have put them up.”

Paolino just wants his lion back. He says if someone went to his house and handed it to him. He would gladly take it with help of course. No questions asked.

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