A RESIN lion statue that graced the front of the Laguna Veneto Bocce Club in Dianella was stolen on Sunday morning.
The bronze-like statue made by Kalamunda artist Dan Mazzotti 27 years ago, stood pride of place in front of the venue’s clubrooms.
Club spokeswoman Betty Baldassar said it was a very sad day for the club and hoped the people who took the statue would return it.
“We had a barbecue on the Saturday night and we noticed it gone on Sunday afternoon,” she said.
“It’s been at the front of our club for 27 years; I can’t understand why anyone would take it.
“It’s more of a sentimental thing than value. I think they might have thought it was brass.”
Mrs Baldassar, who shared the news to followers on social media, said the incident had been reported to police.
“We’ve had many people share the post so hopefully someone will know something,” she said.
“The lion is the patron saint of Venice St Mark and with us being the Veneto club it means a lot to us.”
Followers of the club’s Facebook page expressed their disappointment in the theft.
“A beautiful Lion that sat on the ledge amongst the roses was stolen from the club,” Angela Napolitano said.
“How disrespectful to take this treasured icon of the club,” Anita Percudani said.
“Someone must know who stolen this icon,” Flora Da Re said.
“If anyone knows who has it please return it.”
Contact Crimestoppers 1800 333 000 with information.