There’s still no sign of a giant lizard statue stolen from the front of a landmark Rochester art shop.
When it comes back, the owner of the store from where it was lifted expects to find damage.
A neighbor of Craft Company No. 6 on University told police he saw a black pickup with two men pull away from the store with the steel sculpture around 2 a.m. Thursday.
The eight-foot-tall statue of a frilled lizard may have a dent in it. Neighbors of the store say they heard the sculpture fall out of the pickup during the bandits' getaway.
"It woke the people who live closest to us, it was that loud," said Kathy Verzillo, who's owned Craft Company No. 6 for two years.
Security camera footage is being gathered. The theft has moved residents of the city's Neighborhood of the Arts to contact the store's owner with condolences.
"They come over and offer sympathies as if someone in the family has perished," Verzillo said.
The lizard is a steel and glass work by James Seaman, the Trumansburg sculptor also responsible for work that includes the giant bald eagle presented at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in Seneca County, a creation thousands see each day as the pass through the park's swamps along the New York State Thruway.