Image: "Dennis the Menace" statute
Paul Sauma  /  AP file
Jacob White, 6, from Monterey, Calif., rides his scooter next to the "Dennis the Menace" statue in Monterey, Calif., in June 2001. Authorities are offering $5,000 for the return of the statue, which was stolen from Dennis the Menace Park sometime this week.
updated 10/27/2006 10:16:05 PM ET 2006-10-28T02:16:05

The mischievous Dennis the Menace has gone missing — except this time, he's not hiding because he broke the rules. A statue of the perennial pint-sized troublemaker that has stood for almost two decades in a city park was unbolted and stolen sometime between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, Monterey police said.

Police said the statue, which is three feet tall and weighs 125 pounds, is worth as much as $30,000. The city is offering a $5,000 reward for its safe return.

The statue was crafted by Carmel artist Wah Ming Chang. The statue was commissioned by Hank Ketcham, the cartoon character's creator, who died in 2001.

Police aren't sure how the thief or thieves got the bulky statue out of the park but are asking the public for any tips about Dennis' whereabouts.

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