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Lady Liberty found, returned to owners

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

The Lady Liberty statue stolen from a Lake Charles home earlier in the week has been found.

On Wednesday morning, someone spotted the statue at the end of Lake Street in Lake Charles.

The statue was, for the most part, in tact with only minor damage.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies alerted the owners, Allen and Anna Thibodeaux, who went and retrieved their 7-foot treasure.

"We're just so glad to have her back," Allen said Wednesday.

The Thibodeauxs purchased the yard ornament shortly after 9/11.

"It's been proudly displayed in our front yard ever since. I just don't understand why someone would want to take it," Allen said.

The Thibodeauxs told KPLC-TV earlier this week that whoever took Lady Liberty likely had help because the cast iron aluminum statue weighs upwards of 200 pounds.

The couple live off Louisiana Avenue behind McNeese Cowboy Stadium.

According to the couple, the statue was there Sunday night, but was gone Monday morning.

Allen recalls when the couple purchased the statue. He said he spotted it after attending a McNeese game in Huntsville, Texas shortly after 9/11.

"I liked it and wanted in front of my house. So, my son and I drove all the way back to Huntsville the next week and bought it and brought it home and it's been sitting here by the front door for close to 11 years now," Allen said.

"Some of the people would say this is as close as I'm going to be to New York, so I would say go ahead and take a picture," Anna said.

The statue cost the couple around $900.

We'll have more on the reunion during later editions.

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