Wichita family wants stolen Buddha statue returned

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

It was a double knock out for the family, their home caught fire while they were out of town, then burglars broke in.

Stephanie Moore says a Buddha statue used to sit proudly in front of her house. But shortly after a fire the statue went missing.

She said, “not going to find people around town that just have a giant, concrete, 500-pound statue.”

And while other items were taken the statue is the only thing she wants back. It's a reminder of her late grandfather. Moore said, “My grandpa passed away when I was 14 and that was what I had gotten for my home when I bought my first house and that was the keepsake.”

Moore says she was on vacation when a fire damaged much of her home. She was shocked to learn that days later someone took advantage of their situation.  “It's just stuff, you know, it really is. It's just possessions. It's more the act of it that hurts than losing anything,” Moore said. 

She has filed two police reports, one for the statue and another for tools stolen from the garage.

While the Moore family will be displaced for a few months, they're hoping once they're back home they'll have their statue back.

 “It's the most sentimental item. We always played on it, we would sit in the Buddha's lap as kids and stuff. It just meant a lot.”

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