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Rudolph statue, 200 lbs., stolen from L.A. neighborhood

The 200-pound wooden statue of Rudolph the-Red-nosed reindeer, seen in this missing poster, was stolen from the Rolling Hills Estates neighborhood of Los Angeles, Calif., on Dec. 12 -- but now he's back!

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ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, Calif. -- Maybe Santa needed Rudolph's help to make an early Christmas delivery?

On Friday night, a 200-pound wooden Rudolph statue was stolen from a neighborhood in Los Angeles County, reported CBS Los Angeles. The culprit -- or perhaps culprits -- left behind one of the locally famous reindeer's antlers.

The iconic statue had been a fixture in the Rolling Hills Estates community for 50 years, reported the station.

"He's been up there for literally 50 years and he's one-of-a-kind. He's handmade. Hand-painted. And the thought that someone would take him, it's just heartbreaking," Korry Taylor, the neighborhood's Homeowner's Association president, told the station.

Taylor and husband Tim have been taking care of the statue for years.

"I originally thought, 'Well, maybe it's a prank. That somebody would bring him back.' But it's been a couple of days now and we haven't seen him yet," Tim told the station.

Missing posters were distributed (are there other 200 lb. missing wooden reindeer?) and the Lomita sheriff's station also took a police report, reported CBS Los Angeles.

"It is the lowest of low. I mean, especially at Christmas time. I literally cannot imagine someone taking Rudolph," Taylor told the station.