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Wanted: St. Francis of Assisi statute stolen from Carrollwood

TAMPA — Deputies are searching for whoever violated the Eighth Commandment and stole a statue of St. Francis of Assisi from the grounds of a Carollwood church.

Investigators say the statue was taken on April 12 at about 4 p.m. from St. Paul's Catholic Church, 12708 N Dale Mabry Highway, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reported Friday.

Made of resin and weighing 200 to 300 pounds, the 5-foot-tall statue was last seen sitting on some rocks in the church's Santo Niño Shrine area on the south side of the church.

The statue is valued at $10,000.

Anyone with information about the statue should contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at (813) 247–8200. Anyone who wishes to be eligible for a reward and remain anonymous should contact Crime Stoppers at 1–800–873–8477, send a tip online using or through the P3 Tips mobile app.

Contact Tony Marrero at or (813) 226-3374. Follow @tmarrerotimes.