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Lego Man may soon go free

Sarasota, Florida -- An eight-foot-tall Lego Man who washed up on a Sarasota beach may soon be out of police custody.

The Sarasota Herald Tribune reports the 100-pound fiberglass figure may be put somewhere on display by the sheriff's office.

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Sheriff Tom Knight tells the newspaper, "It would be nice to get him out in the Siesta Key area, somewhere that he might not get lifted ... I can't leave a deputy with him 24-7."

The Sheriff's Office tells 10 News they want to make sure that if they do allow Lego Man to go on display, that it meets all proper regulations.

Beachcombers discovered Lego Man along the shore of Siesta Key Tuesday morning. "No Real Than You Are" was written on the fiberglass man's shirt.

Sarasota deputies say they placed Lego Man "in protective custody" and have given the figure's creator 90 days to come forward and claim him.  After that, the person who discovered Lego Man on the beach can pay a $25 fee to have him.

Legoland Florida officials have denied having any connection to the figure, and the Herald Tribune reports it may be the work of artist Leon Keer, who is expected to participate in an upcoming Sarasota Chalk Festival next week.

Similar giant Lego Men have previously washed up on beaches in Great Britain and The Netherlands.