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14-foot statue stolen from billboard found in woods

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Some creative thieves made off with Hy-Vee's nod to the Royals, stealing a 3-D player off the company's billboard.

Some creative thieves made off with Hy-Vee’s nod to the Royals, stealing a 3-D player off the company’s billboard.

Kansas City, MO (KCTV) — A 14-foot-tall cutout of a Kansas City Royals player from a billboard along I-435 has been located in a wooded area.

The 150-pound, roughly $8,000 3-D image of a center-fielder was found Friday morning along the interstate near Truman Road.

Hy-Vee put up the signage of the baseball player in Royals gear visible as a salute to the team’s momentum.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said it missing Wednesday night or Thursday morning from atop the billboard.

Bob Fessler, vice president of Lamar Advertising, said he received a call from the sheriff’s office about 7 a.m. that the cutout had been found. Workers from the billboard company were first to notice that the player vanished.

Fessler said deputies told him they believe whoever stole it brought it back in the middle of the night. There is no word on how it got there, but authorities are reviewing surveillance video from a nearby gas station for any clues as to who took it.

Shortly before it was reported missing, a neighbor said they saw two men lowering the player cutout from the billboard using a rope.