A handcarved wooden bear, which greeted customers at the Bear & Grill, 2000 Black Rock Turnpike, was reported stolen Tuesday by the manager of the restauran.

The bear, approximately 16 inches by eight inches, sat on a pedestal in the lobby and was valued at $300.

Manager Pat Santangeli said the bear was given to him by a child with cerebral palsy and that he likes to see it when he is at the restaurant.

"It has a lot of sentimental value to me," he said.

The bear had been at the restaurant for about three or four months.

The theft actually took place back in July but restaurant staff looked back at video and identified three individuals involved in the bear's disappearance. One of those individuals -- currently spending time in Massachussetts -- has since been contacted and has promised to return it next week.

The bear theft comes on the heels of a bronze pig being stolen from Bricco Trattoria in Glastonbury earlier this month. That pig, according to Fox 61, was recently returned, along with photos of the bronze pig's adventures.