The theft of a statue from a neighborhood park in Temple has us asking, "What the heck does someone do with a bronze pig?"

Not to make light of a crime, but one must wonder what would possess someone to lift a fat bronze pig from a concrete base. Where do you keep it then, and why?

According to Jonathan Logue with the City of Temple, the parks and recreation department got a call from a concerned citizen Friday informing them that one of three pig sculptures at Oak Creek Park was missing. Work crews confirmed that the sculpture was still in place at the end of the work day on Thursday, July 27. When we drove by the park Tuesday morning, the entrance nearest the Pig Family installation was fenced off.

Anyone who may have seen something suspicious or who may have information about the crime is asked to call the Temple Police Department at (254) 298-5500.

Pig Statues at Oak Creek Park in Temple - Google Maps

According to Logue, the Pig Family pieces were donated by Dr. Alan Jones and the Forsythe Foundation in 2007 as part of the Art in the Park Program. Sadly, this isn't the first time one of the pigs has been stolen. Logue said the smallest of the three was pignapped in January of 2013, but later recovered by Temple police.

Logue said another sculpture - Ernie the Papillion Puppy - was stolen from the entrance of Woodbridge Park in June of 2015. That sculpture was never recovered but was later replaced.

It's a shame we can't have nice things, isn't it?

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