Popular Indian statue stolen from Centerville market, community wants it back


A business owner in Centerville is turning to the public for help after a statue of a Native American at his store was stolen.

Manpreet Singh the statue has greeted customers for decades as many stop to snap a photo before they would go up to Kings Canyon National Park.

“The customers started saying where’s the Indian? Where’s the Indian?,” Singh said.

According to Singh, the statue was stolen a few weeks ago in the middle of the night.

The statue was first purchased by the original owners of Curtis Market, it’s made out of ceramic and was purchased in Idaho for $350, as the store changed ownership, the statue stayed put.

Singh filed a report with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, he said whoever took this statue came prepared.

He said somebody came with a bolt cutter and removed the statue from it’s spot.

Robert Story has lived in Centerville for over 30 years, he said the community is now missing a piece of history.

“It’s like a landmark and we’d like to have it back,” Story said.

Singh now hopes whoever took this Native American statue will return it back no questions asked.

“It hold a sentimental value for us and for our customers. This is how we are known,” Singh said.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

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