CROOKS made off with a stone statue of a Nightjar bird from a £50,000 sculpture trail.
The Portland stone statue was stolen from the Shipwrights Way footpath, which is a new 60-mile path for walkers and cyclists that runs between Alice Holt Forest, north of Petersfield, and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
The bird statue was stolen from the top of the plinth on the footpath at Lindford, East Hampshire.
The theft was discovered on July 14 and police are appealing for information.
PC Stuart McKane, from Hampshire police, said: ‘The plinth is very heavy and therefore it is likely that a vehicle would have been used to remove it. Did you see any suspicious vehicles in the area?’
The trail includes 20 statues, including a cockleshell at Southsea Rose Gardens and a Brent goose at Hayling Kench.