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Cops: Man sought in theft of KAWS statue from Southampton shop

Suffolk County and Southampton Village police are looking

Suffolk County and Southampton Village police are looking for the man who they say stole a KAWS Companion statue while in the Cabana store in Southampton Village on July 22, 2017. Credit: SCPD

Police said they are looking for a man who stole a trendy KAWS figurine valued at $5,000 from a Southampton store.

The man was accompanied by two children when the stole the Kaws Companion — sometimes called a KAWS Seated Companion — from Cabana on Jobs Lane about 6 p.m. on July 22, police said.

Police asked anyone with information to call Suffolk County Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477.

KAWS figurines and statues have become a fad in recent years, sometimes fetching tens of thousands of dollars at auctions.

The Phillips auction house in London says on its website that a KAWS “Ten Feet Accomplice (Pink), 2010” was sold for $352,000 in 2014.

A KAWS Companion balloon was part of the 2012 Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City.

Tulane University in New Orleans unveiled a 16-foot KAWS statue outdoors in 2015, and described creator and namesake Brian Donnelly of Brooklyn as “an internationally acclaimed artist.”

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