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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe police officers are asking for your help. This after a children's ride at the ArkLaMiss fair went missing last weekend.

Police said a kiddie silver helicopter, used for children under 4 feet was stolen from the fairgrounds at the Monroe Civic Center.  The fair equipment, according to police, was dropped off sometime Friday.The workers arrived Sunday in their campers.

Belle City Amusements President Charles Panacek said the helicopter is not a cheap piece of equipment.

"That piece was here earlier in the weekend and none of our people were here at this time," Panacek said. "It's going to be several thousand dollars, I would say upwards of 4 to $5,000."

The amusement park president said that type of helicopter is not being manufactured anymore. He's  be forced to buy a used one if the old one doesn't turn up.

Police said you can call the Ouachita Parish Crime Stoppers at (318) 388-2274 for any information about the crime. The fair workers say if the chopper is not brought back, they may put up a reward for its safe return.

The ArkLaMiss Fair opens Thursday.

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