SPRINGFIELD, MASS. >> The bust of a former state representative from Springfield that stood outside a social club in the city has been stolen.

The Springfield Republican reports that the bronze likeness of Rep. Anthony Scibelli was taken from outside an Italian-American heritage club Monday.

The bust was seated atop a five-foot pedestal memorializing Scibelli as "A Man of the People." He represented Springfield's South End at the statehouse from 1950 until his death in 1998.

The $35,000 bust was dedicated in 1999.

City Councilor Timothy Rooke is offering a $500 reward for the return of the bust or an arrest.

Mayor Domenic Sarno called the culprit "despicable."

Police say they will ask local junkyards to look out for the bust and report anyone attempting to sell it.