BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A seven-foot tall ice cream cone statue was stolen from a Baton Rouge eatery earlier this week.
The 100 lbs. cone served as an advertisement for the La Divina Italian Café on Perkins Road.
"Never in my wildest dreams did I believe someone would have taken it," said Lance LeBlanc, the owner of the store. "It's a large seven-foot tall ice cream cone with gelato, whipped cream, and a cherry on top that was all hand done."
The cone was determined to be missing on Wednesday morning. LeBlanc alerted police in hopes of closing the cone caper.
"What someone's going to do with a seven foot-ice cream cone unless you have an ice cream shop," LeBlanc said. "One can only imagine."
The colorful cone was installed a few months ago. LeBlanc bought it from Italy for $1,000.
"I think it is horrible that anyone would do that," said Gloria Wilkins, a frequent customer at the shop. "I was shocked. It's so beautiful and it's a great marketing tool for them to use. That's how people were able to find this place."
LeBlanc is now on a quest to find the cone. He said he will not press charges if it is returned in the same condition.
"There is a lot of pride in it," LeBlanc said. "People from all over saying it's a great addition to the neighborhood."
He is offering a reward for information leading to the return of the cone. Although it is not decided yet, a full year's supply of gelato is being considered.
And even though he wants the cone back, LeBlanc is still in good spirits.
"It's kind of humorous when you tell someone your giant ice cream cone's gone missing," LeBlanc said.