Town loses namesake tuna statue

June 5, 2008 4:51:11 AM PDT
Sorry, Charlie. You're a crime victim.

The blue, 8-foot wooden statue of a tuna stood for two decades at the end of a bridge, welcoming folks to the coastal fishing town of Charleston.

Now the tuna, named Charlie, is missing. Because the chain holding the statue in place was cut, Charlie is presumed stolen.

Mel Campbell of the local merchants association says Charlie was last seen wearing an orange hat and glasses, similar to StarKist's pitch-fish.

She says the group has another tuna statue, a 12-footer at the information center. But Charlie was more popular, and, she says, "looked cute at the end of the bridge."

The local sheriff's office has notified police departments to keep an eye out for Charlie.