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Cops: Missing Thurman Thomas Statue Located

10/13/2009 5:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UPDATE: TMZ just received the following statement from Thurman Thomas -- the real Thurman Thomas, not the wooden statue version:

"I'm grateful for Orchard Park Police Dept for finding my carving, and I'm glad no Cleveland Browns fans took it and burned it."


A 1000 pound wooden statue of legendary NFL star Thurman Thomas has just been found -- one day after it was reportedly stolen from its perch outside of the Buffalo Bills stadium.


The story is insane -- police in Orchard Park, NY tell TMZ a Canadian dude has fessed up to taking the statue ... but says he only took it to save the 8 1/2-foot carving from grave danger.

Cops say the Canadian claims he saw a bunch of hooligans trying to light the giant pine statue on fire -- so he loaded wooden Thurman onto the back of a pick-up truck so he could drive it to safety.

BTW -- the statue had only been unveiled on Sunday.

Now, we're told the Canadian has contacted the owner of the statue to arrange the carving's safe return.

No word if the Thurman Thomas statue was able to locate its helmet in the melee.

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19 COMMENTS

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1.

Michelle    

Who Ever did this has too much time on there hands...Why would they want it.. is it worth millions...what is it about this thing..that someone would take it...? Good Job TMZ now I can sleep tonight...

1749 days ago
2.

Dulce Cicero    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiErlPvGJHs

here watch this...it's more entertaining! lmfao!

1749 days ago
3.

Martin O    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiErlPvGJHs

here, watch this, it's more entertaining. LMFAO!

1749 days ago
4.

the a-hole    

This ISN'T Sane!!! WRONG! The story IS insane!!! If TMZ tells a police in a Canadian dude up to taking the statue, then BE!!! BUT... says he only took it to save the 8 1/2-foot carving from grave danger????? NOW THAT'S REGATA!!!
Trying hooligans IS a bunch of claims he saw, BUT A giant pine STATEU???? Light to the on fire pick-up truck, so he loaded wooden Thurman????
REGATA!!!!
YOU TELL ME I SAY, BUT THAT'S ALL YOU!!! BAH!
Locate its helmet to arrange the carving's safe return, THEN LET GO WITH A RUSTY SAWBLADE IN AN ATTIC!!!
BTW -- the statue HAD only been unveiled on Sunday, BUT no one DID!!! SO?
You say what I mean?
Regata.

1749 days ago
5.

ABB    

Wow! it would be better off lost, like lost forever. Or maybe it would be more beneficial to use it as firewood. Seriously, that thing is horrible!

1749 days ago
6.

rando    

balls.

1749 days ago
7.

the a-hole    

SERIOUSLY YEAH!!!!

1749 days ago
8.

Toune    

To: Labian Quitoris

If your going to comment make some SENSE you mofo!

1749 days ago
9.

Wait a minute,that's my house!    

We Canadians like to steal ridiculous looking crap...just try to build a fence to keep us out!

1749 days ago
10.

Speedmonkey    

seriously eh? wait, thurman thomas has a statue? the "michael jordan" of football as he once put it?

1749 days ago
11.

o rly    

Canadians, the nice neighbours to the north.

1749 days ago
12.

Spellchamp    

Let me get this straight. This guy just happened to see some "hooligans" up to no-good around the statue. Then he, what, scares them off, and loaded the 1000 POUND statue into a pickup so he could drive it to safety?

With what, his bare hands? He must be one strong "mo-fo"! LOL!

1749 days ago
13.

rock6ny    

SPEEDspankingyourlittleMONKEY who do you have penis envy? Ill tak ethurman thomas on my team anytime instead of these money hungry primadonnas..go pound salt you candianbaconmunchingloonieisworthless nothing

1749 days ago
14.

lost in lalaland    

I want some of whatever Labian Quitoris is on.

1749 days ago
15.

dl    

Carvings like this (although much better rendered) are all around Buffalo as a way to use all the downed trees from an October storm that happened three years ago. They honor famous people from Buffalo or people that have impacted the area. The Thomas statue is pretty badly done.

The big question is - how did they get this across the border without raising questions from customs?

1749 days ago
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