Monday, June 06, 2005

Good grief! Charlie Brown

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Good grief! Charlie Brown, where are you? A six-foot statue of the lovable "Peanuts" cartoon character has mysteriously disappeared from an honored spot in front of a restaurant here. "I can't believe it," said Bob Forsyth, owner of Michele's Restaurant in downtown Santa Rosa. "It's just wrong. It's Charlie Brown."

He's offering a $2,500 reward for the return of the statue, which is estimated to weigh as much as 300 pounds. The statue, stolen early Saturday, features the quirky bald-headed boy wearing a chef's hat and wielding a spatula. The pilfered statue was one of 55 Charlie Browns erected around the city as part of a public art project and fund-raiser. Each statue portrays the loser-hero in a different role.

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