By Ben Meyerson
A $7,000 statue stolen from a home at the intersection of Harvey and Pleasant avenues in Oak Park in July has mysteriously reappeared.
The hefty concrete Buddha bust reappeared in a bin in front of original owner Cynthia Hicks' home on Nov. 19, she said.
Attached was a note: "We're sorry for taking the Buddha — the Buddha belongs to you and your family," Hicks recalled.
So, she's put the statue back where it was originally — on the corner, in front of her garage. She's resealed him to the ground, and hopes he'll stay in place.
Already, she's decorated Buddha for the season, decking him out with a red Christmas hat and hanging his trademark beads.
"He's right where he was before," Hicks said. "Everyone in the neighborhood's been coming by all excited."