Stolen 'Cat in the Hat' statue returned to Brentwood Library

The theft was caught on surveillance camera
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Posted at 8:20 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 21:20:56-05

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WTVF) — The 'Cat in the Hat' caper is solved!

The statue is now back beside the Christmas tree outside the John P. Holt Brentwood Library after it was stolen Saturday night.

A city spokesperson said they received a call at City Hall, and one of the people responsible for stealing it, confessed to the crime and said the statue had been returned.

On Saturday around 10 p.m., video surveillance showed a small group of people stealing the statue. A white extended cab pickup truck and silver or gray Subaru Outback entered the property, and multiple people loaded up the statue in the truck and drove off.

The Cat in the Hat was handmade years ago by a local artist, and was valued at $2,500.

"If you’ve lived in Brentwood for an extended period of time, you’ve taken a picture by the Christmas tree, and no doubt, the Cat in the Hat has been a part of it," said Deanna Lambert, Community Relations Director for city of Brentwood.

For more than twenty years, the Cat in the Hat has been a holiday fixture at the library, and Lambert said the city is happy to have it back.