Monday, February 11, 2013

Panthers Stolen From Museum Porch

Panther Display Missing From LaBelle Museum
LABELLE, FL. -- Joe Thomas, president of LaBelle Heritage Museum, discovered that the vintage model of a Florida Panther and her two cubs was missing from the front porch of the museum at 360 North Bridge Street. 

Helen Quinn, LaBelle's "Jill of All Trades" a generation ago had built the framework and upholstered the Florida panther and her two cubs some 40 years ago, and the LaBelle Woman's Community Club donated it to the museum in Helen Quinn's memory. 

Thomas said, "The mama panther either came to live and moved her two cubs from the museum some time between Sunday afternoon around 4 o'clock and 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning, February 11," or "somebody bodily removed this display from the front porch."

If anyone sees an upholstered Florida Panther with two cubs, they should either report seeing it to the Hendry County Sheriff's Office and tell whomever has them to return them to the museum at once since there is a possibility of them being charged with theft if a deputy finds the museum's panther in their possession.

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