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A LETTERMAN LOSES HIS LION

Thieves bagged a 300-pound bronze statue of a lion from the front yard of a member of the singing group the Lettermen.

The 50-inch-tall statue, valued at $10,000, was taken from singer Anthony Butala's yard in suburban Woodland Hills sometime Sunday.

"With something that big, I'd say there would be more than one suspect and they had a truck," said police Detective Bill Martin. "There was two of them (statues) there; only one was taken."

Butala was out of town on a singing tour and couldn't be reached for comment. The Lettermen, big in the 1950s and now performers on the nostalgia circuit, are known for such hits as "The Way You Look Tonight" and "When I Fall in Love."

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