Local ABC affiliate, KVUE, is reporting that a 400 pound bronze sculpture of an elephant was stolen from the Darnell family during broad daylight Friday, April 28 during the hours of 10:30AM – 12:0PM CST just outside their home in Garland. It’s reported that there were no signs to indicate a vehicle or heavy equipment lifting device was used to lift and take the sculpture away. From all appearances, it may be that the thief or thieves lifted the bronze pachyderm up and walked off with it. Mrs. Darnell had previously purchased the elephant as a gift for her husband who personally admired a similar sculpture he had seen in an upscale neighborhood. His sincere appreciation of the elephant sculpture, coupled with the self-less characteristic of not ever asking for things, prompted his wife to just bite the bullet and have such an item made for him. The elephant had been placed in a mound of mulch and chained securely to the foundation of their humble home. At this point, the couple has placed a $500 reward for information leading to the return of their beloved statue and hope that someone took notice of the theft given that it occurred during broad daylight.