Officers from Hampshire Constabulary are this week investigating the theft of an unusual object from a garden in Apse Heath.
A 4ft tall terracotta Dragon ornament is reported to have been stolen from the front garden of a property on Newport Road between Monday and Wednesday.Due to its weight, at least two people would have had to have removed the worn but valuable display piece.
The Dragon is described as being in a seated position with one front paw missing, its tongue sticking out and was painted red, however most of the paint has flaked off.
Witnesses or anyone with information can contact Shanklin Police Station by phoning 101. Mini-com users can phone 01962 875000. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.