A statue honoring a Connecticut sailor was stolen from his parents’ home in Enfield this week.
Richard Donovan said he will spend the Thanksgiving holiday without his son Andrew. He has been serving our country in the United State Navy for seven years.
“There's at least one holiday every year, during Christmas or New Year, that he's not here,” Donovan said. “A lot of those are Thanksgivings.”
A few days ago, a statue was stolen right off their front lawn. The suspect also knocked over the neighboring American Flag.
“We put the statue up facing the flag, so we could show our honor for what he was doing,” Donovan said.
Andrew Donovan is a Fermi High School graduate turned First Class Petty officer. With their son often away from Enfield, his parents said they needed to do something to keep his spirit around. They settled for the statue that has been on their Moody Street lawn for the last three years.
“It means more than a statue to us,” Donovan said.
Now, the family has placed a handwritten sign in their yard, asking for the statue back.
“Please return it. Respect the military,” Donovan said.
Police are investigating the theft. Donovan said he thinks that the person who stole it thought they were making off with metal, but in reality, it's stone, painted to look like bronze.
“It's heavier than I can lift myself,” Donovan said.
The holiday will go on without their son and possibly without the sailor statue, but the Donovan family said they'll forge on.
“We still give thanks,” Donovan said. “It will be greatly appreciated if it was here, because our son is not nor will he be until sometime next year.”
Donovan said if this is a teen playing a prank, he won't press charges and all he wants is the statue back. If you know anything, you're urged to call Enfield police.
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