Missing Big Boy statue at high school
GAHANNA, Ohio ” Students arriving at Gahanna Lincoln High School on Monday morning were greeted by a 7-foot statue of a rosy-cheeked lad that was pilfered from a Frisch’s Big Boy restaurant.
The 200-pound fiberglass figure of the chubby boy in red and white suspenders was reporting missing Saturday morning from its concrete base, only to turn up on the roof of the school in the Columbus suburb, police said.
Officers believe it may have been a prank by seniors, Gahanna police Lt. Jeffrey Spence said. No arrests had been made.
A school maintenance crew removed the statue with a forklift and returned it to the restaurant, Spence said. The statue, valued at $7,000, was not damaged.
“We’re just glad to have it back,” said Karen Maier, a vice president with Cincinnati-based Frisch’s Restaurants Inc.
The company operates 88 Frisch’s Big Boy restaurants in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Big Boy restaurants operate in other states under different franchisee names.