Madonna statue worth $20K swiped from Mint Plaza eatery 

Inspectors are scouring The City for a missing Madonna.

On March 14, thieves stole a 16th-century statue of Santa Maria from an Italian restaurant in the newly refurbished Mint Plaza, a statue valued at more than $20,000, according to San Francisco police.

The co-owner of 54 Mint, where the saintly statue watched over a communal dining table, said he originally bought the relic in Naples.

“We liked it because it was my good luck,” said Alberto Avalle, who has been expecting some sort of ransom demand but has yet to receive word. “Now I don’t know what will happen to our luck.”

Avalle said the Madonna was pilfered between a Saturday night and a Sunday morning.

The Mint Plaza, which once was grungy and forgotten, has found new life with a handful of upscale tenants. Avalle took security precautions such as a surveillance camera, but he fears that the thief may have had access to a key.

“Now I have to remove everything of value from the place,” he said. “I don’t know what people are thinking in San Francisco.”

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating the figure, which is about 5-feet tall and made of wood. While the hands of the statue are showing signs of wear, the face is immaculate.

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