06/03/2014 12:46 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

How Did Someone Steal This One-Ton Marble Statue Undetected?

An Edmond, Oklahoma homeowner is distraught and perplexed over a suspected burglary on his property -- specifically because the thieves managed to make off with a 2000-pound marble statue, completely unseen.

Charlie Dry, a former NASA test astronaut, told KFOR that the mechanics of the suspected heist are astounding, but what really bothers him is that no one managed to see the crooks make off with the statue, which was taken from his front lawn in broad daylight.

“This was planned, and they had to bring this big truck in here with a fork lift to hook it in here, lift the statue up, put it on a flat bed, put the fork life back on the truck, and then drive away,” Dry told the station. "It just stunned me. ... I just can’t believe it’s gone.”

Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mark Myers says the statue was taken from the home between 5:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. on May 25, according to the Republic.

The white marble statue depicts a man on horseback. It measures six feet tall, five feet long, three feet wide and weighs approximately one ton. Dry told Fox Oklahoma City that he bought the statue locally about six years ago, and estimates its value at $30,000.

He has absolutely no idea what anyone would want with it.

Dry told the station that he's never had any problems with crime in his neighborhood before. Like the statue, his sense of security is gone.

"I feel violated at my home, what I would say to anyone right now is that let that be your last stop it right there, because you are going to get caught," Dry said.

Oklahoma County deputies want anyone who may have noticed the large statue to call (405) 713-1017.

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