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A statue of Jackie Robinson, the MLB's first Black player who broke racial barriers, was stolen from a park in Wichita, Kan., police announced on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024. (Source: Screenshot - KSN TV)

WICHITA, Kan. — The theft of a cherished Jackie Robinson statue from a public park in Kansas has prompted a police search and stirred outrage across the city of Wichita.

A symbol of baseball history, the statue pays tribute to the first player to break the MLB color barrier in 1947. The statue was installed in 2021 at McAdams Park.

Surveillance footage captured the bold theft by two individuals in the dead of night. The statue was cut at the ankles and removed.

All that remained of the statue Friday were Robinson’s feet. On Thursday morning, Wichita police took to Facebook to report its disappearance.

The Wichita Metro Crime Commission is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for tips leading to arrests, and an additional reward of $5,000 for tips that lead to the statue’s recovery.

More on the theft and search for the Jackie Robinson statue.