Police investigating the £12,000 theft of six sea swallows in Cleveleys are appealing for anyone offered the art installations to come forward.
Cleveleys community beat manager PC Mark Hepplestall said the thieves who stole the unique artwork will find them difficult to sell or dispose of because they are so ‘recognisable’.
He said this may have forced the thieves to place them in their own garden and is now urging the community to keep their eyes open.
PC Hepplestall said: “This new art installation had only been in place a short time before somebody came along and stole six of the 12 glass sea swallows from the promenade wall, at the end of Victoria Road West.
“These birds are very unique and will be difficult to sell on.
“I urge any art dealers or specialists to keep their eyes open and contact me if they are offered the birds for a price.
“Alternatively, it is a possibility these birds have found a new home in somebody’s garden if that is the case I would urge residents to report any new arrivals to the police.”
The dozen colourful sea swallows were unveiled as part of Wyre Council’s Mythic Coast art trail, attracting attentions from passersby and birds alike.
Officers said they were taken some time between Sunday 12 and Monday 13, January.
The remainder of the transparent resin sea swallows were removed by council staff on January 15 until further notice.
The artwork forms part of the £2.1m Sea Change Project that runs between Cleveleys and Fleetwood, which includes a memorial, at Anchorsholme, to ships wrecked off the Fylde coast.