A statue of baseball icon Jackie Robinson is cut off at the ankles and STOLEN from a Kansas youth training facility after local police share CCTV footage of the thieves on the run.

A bronze statue of baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson was cut off at the ankles and taken by truck Thursday morning from a youth training facility in Wichita, Kansas.

The theft occurred at McAdams Park, with the League 42 Foundation using the park for youth baseball. The park’s website claims it was the home of track and field starts for Barry Sanders and Lynette Woodard.

All that remains of the statue are Robinson’s shoes, as police footage shows the thieves taking the rest of the statue, placing it in the back of a pickup truck and driving off.

“The actions of those individuals who had the audacity to remove the statue of Jackie Robinson from a park where children and families in our community can gather, learn the history of Jackie Robinson, an American icon, and play baseball, should upset everyone. of us,» said Wichita Police Chief Joseph Sullivan.

«I am even more concerned that this theft occurred right before the beginning of February, which is the beginning of Black History Month,» Sullivan continued. “Our city wants the charter back. We also want the individuals who robbed our community of their treasure to be held accountable for their actions.”

Local surveillance footage shows the thieves leaving the Wichita park with the statue

All that remains of Robinson’s statue in Wichita are his shoes, as the rest were stolen on Thursday

Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers and pioneered the integration of what was America’s most popular sport at the time.

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League 42 was founded in 2013 for Wichita youth to learn the game of baseball without the high costs associated with the sport.

According to local reports, League 42 received permission directly from the Robinson family to erect a statue of him in 2021.

Robinson’s number 42 is retired by all 30 Major League Baseball teams and is the only player to receive the honor.

Across the four major sports leagues, Wayne Gretzky and Bill Russell have also been retired with a league-wide jersey number. The NFL does not have a league-wide retired number.

The Wichita Metro Crime Commission on Friday offered a reward of up to $2,500 for tips leading to an arrest and an additional $5,000 for tips leading to the recovery of the statue.

Damages are estimated at $75,000, according to the local government in Wichita.

Robinson is an iconic sports figure and League 42 is honoring him with a statue in 2021

Sullivan said he hopes local rescue stations will contact police if the statue is brought in for money.

Wichita City Councilman Brandon Johnson called the theft «horrific» and «disgusting» and said residents feel hurt and angry and are demanding justice.

«A lot of people want to find those people before law enforcement does,» Johnson said. “So again, as the chief and the (district attorney) said, if you have that statue, bring it here today. Now.’

League 42 paid about $50,000 for the statue, according to executive director Bob Lutz.

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