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Ohio State mascot statue victim of hat heist

Image from surveillance video shows two of three people suspected of stealing hat off storefront statue of Ohio State mascot Brutus Buckeye in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011 WBNS

(CBS/AP) COLUMBUS, Ohio - It was a brazen heist of Brutus Buckeye's hat, a mascot misdemeanor to say the least.

Authorities say they are looking for vandals who snatched the hat off a storefront statue of the Ohio State University mascot.

Multiple media outlets report Brutus Buckeye wears a band uniform in the statue outside a store that sells Ohio State fan gear across the street from the university's Columbus campus. Normally, he holds a band hat up high, in his right hand on the statue, but the hat was swiped early Sunday outside College Traditions, according to CBS affiliate WBNS.

Store surveillance video shows it being removed by three people, including a woman in an Ohio State jersey. The video shows them posing for pictures before leaving.

Like we said, a brazen hat heist.

Police are asking for tips. The store says it may offer a reward.

So just what is a buckeye, anyway? According to the school's athletic department, it's "a small, shiny, dark brown nut with a light tan patch that comes from the official state tree of Ohio, the buckeye tree."

We won't charge you for the definition, but the thieves might not be so lucky.

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