Toms River police are trying to find a bronze statue of William Hiering that was stolen from the campus of Ocean County College on Wednesday.
The statue was removed from its stone base and was likely taken for its scrap metal value, said police spokesman Ralph Stocco.
Police are still looking into the theft, he said.
"We assume it was taken for scrap metal value and may be anywhere in the tri state area," Stocco said.
As the theft was recently reported to police, information on its exact location on the OCC campus and details of its size and weight were not available.
The Hiering name is a familiar one on the OCC campus. In 2000, the college opened the William T. Hiering Science Building which houses houses six laboratories, one large classroom, a lecture hall with 120 seats as well as office space.
Police are asking anyone with information on the theft to contact Detective Randy Petrick at 732-349-0150, ext. 1235, or send a tip via the police department's Facebook page.