BRUNSWICK, Maine — A granite statue known locally as the “Laughing Buddha” was stolen from the lawn of a Bowdoin College building during the school’s spring break.

The statue of an Asian fisherman holding a fish under one arm is about 2½ feet high and weighs several hundred pounds, Brunswick police Capt. Mark Waltz said Monday.

Police believe the unique object, valued at approximately $1,500, was taken on or about March 14, according to Waltz.

The statue was donated to Bowdoin along with other garden statues and artifacts in 1935 by the estate of alumnus Marshall Perley Cram, according to the college.

Anyone with information about the theft or the statue’s whereabouts should call Waltz at 725-6670, ext. 103.