Police and a community are searching for a turtle, but not just a turtle, Seemore the statue, which was stolen from outside the Georgian Bay Optometry Clinic in Wasaga Beach.
“Last night our beloved Seemore was stolen,” clinic staff posted on social media on Tuesday.
Surveillance cameras captured four individuals, three men and a woman, removing the 250-pound statue from its post, loading it into a vehicle and taking off.
The $15,000 turtle statue, complete with blue t-shirt, sunglasses and bucket hat, is popular with kids who stop for a photo while visiting the nearby ice cream shop.
Staff at Mosley Street Optometry Clinic say vandals have targeted the turtle statue in the past.
In 2018, staff said two men hit the statue with a metal rod and tried to knock it over.
In 2018, staff said two men brought a metal rod to Seemore the turtle statue outside the Georgian Bay Optometry Clinic in Wasaga Beach. (GEORGIAN BAY OPTOMETRY CLINIC/FACEBOOK)
In a Facebook poststaff said surveillance footage could not get a clear picture of the suspects, adding that the same thing had happened the previous week.
In 2019, staff said someone pushed Seemore onto the turtle statue outside the Georgian Bay Optometry Clinic in Wasaga Beach. (GEORGIAN BAY OPTOMETRY CLINIC/FACEBOOK)
A reward is offered for the safe return of the beloved statue.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.