CLOVIS, Calif. (KFSN) --The wait is over for a Clovis couple hit by thieves last week. A cement American Bald Eagle they kept in front of their home is back where it belongs.
The Jackson's eagerness to have their beloved eagle back home turned emotional Tuesday morning. The return of the patriotic symbol brought the longtime Clovis residents to tears, especially after seeing the damage done to the statue.
More than a week ago they discovered it had been taken from their home. For months before that thieves targeted the 400-pound creation, causing more damage to it each time.
"Its been hard. It means more to us now than ever. We're just glad we got it back in one piece," said Ken Jackson.
For Ken, the symbol served as a reminder of his time serving in the Korean War. He also has a grandson who served in Afghanistan.
"We know how special it is to them, and beyond that it's heavy-- so we are more than happy to put it where it belongs," said Tony Botti, Fresno Co Sheriffs Department.
Deputies said someone bought the cement eagle, then called police after recognizing it was stolen. Now that it's back home the couple has plans to fix the damage done to its beak, tail, and toes.
"We got it back-- we gotta fix it up, he may not be like what it was but we will do our best," said Audrey Jackson.
The Jackson's said once they're done refurbishing the damaged eagle they also have plans to remove the bush in the front of their home. This will make it easier to keep an eye on it.