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BUFFALO, NY - Following reports on TV news stations, including 2 On Your Side, Buffalo Police received a tip as to the location of the missing statue taken from the replica Trevi Fountain at the Buffalo Italian Festival.

It has since been returned and is back on the fountain.

A spokesperson for the Buffalo Police say it appears two men took the statue as a prank.  Once officers located the individuals, they asked them to return the statue unharmed, which they did.

At this time, it does not appear festival organizers are going to press charges but they may ask the two pranksters to perform community service at the 4-day event.

Sometime overnight, the piece of a replica of the famous Trevi Fountain was taken as it was awaiting set up for the upcoming Italian Festival.

Crews had begun assembling the fountain, which is two-thirds the size of the real Trevi Fountain in Italy, on Tuesday. When they showed up on Hertel Avenue to finish the set-up Wednesday morning, they noticed the statue of Poseidon was missing.

Buffalo Police say Poseidon is about six feet tall and weighs 150 pounds. They believe the statue was taken sometime between one and five A.M.

"My heart almost stopped," said Italian-born sculptor Giovanni Bucci, who build the replica. "I don't know if I was angry or just torn down."

The Sorrento Cheese Italian Heritage Festival gets underway Thursday afternoon and runs through Sunday night on Hertel between Delaware and Colvin Avenues.

"It's certainly not going to mar this wonderful event that we look forward to all year," said Festival Heritage Director Peter LoJacono. "And these four days will be tremendous with or without that statue."

"We pray to St. Anthony because St. Anthony is the finder of lost things, or stolen things in this case," LoJacono said. "I have a feeling it's going to come back."

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