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July 26th, 2011

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Mystery is solved: Homer was stolen (From Echo).

THE long-running mystery over the whereabouts of a missing Basildon sculpture has been solved – it was stolen, officials have revealed Local heritage group Our Basildon has spent ages trying to track down a six-foot bronze statue of the Greek poet and philosopher, Homer, which used to stand in the town centre.

Its disappearance, 16 years ago from Basildon Council’s Brooke House flats tower, seemed a profound mystery.

Now council officials have lifted the lid and admitted it was stolen. The artwork, was commissioned by Basildon Development Corporation in 1958 and made by Irish sculptor Frederick Edward Williams, who was paid £2,000.

Our Basildon recently took a fresh look at previous research by artist Robert Worely, which showed Homer moved around the town quite a bit down the years.

At one time, he sat in the old Towngate Theatre, though he also spent time in Southgate House, in Town Square.

Our Basildon director Vin Harrop was disappointed to learn the statue had been stolen and hoped other local sculptures would be better looked after.

He added: “It’s a great shame, because it was a really good piece of art.

“We now have to protect what art we’ve still got. It does worry me, as I’m not entirely sure whose job at the council it is to be looking after it.”

A council spokesman confirmed the sculpture was stolen ten years ago, but added the plinth still remained in Brooke House.

He added: “The reason we haven’t replaced it, basically, is because there is nothing suitable to replace it with.

“There are other statues, but we have looked at them and come to the view none of these is really all that suitable to replace the Homer statue.”

 

February 25th, 2011

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Kunstraub: Städte wappnen sich gegen Kunstraub – Nachrichten – DerWesten.

Da ist sie noch da: Die Plastik „Pandora“ stand etwa 20 Jahre auf
einer Wiese an einer Straßenkreuzung in Duisburg-Homberg. Jetzt haben
Metalldiebe die wertvolle Skulptur, die dem Lehmbruck-Museum gehört,
geraubt. (Foto: Google Streetview)

Duisburg/Essen. Das Duisburger Lehmbruck-Museum will jetzt ein Dutzend
seiner Skulpturen aus dem Stadtgebiet entfernen – bevor es Diebe tun.
Andere Kommunen in NRW würden dem Beispiel folgen, zeigt eine Umfrage
von DerWesten. Die Kunst vor Ort ist kaum zu sichern.

Bei Google-Streetview kann man die „Pandora“ noch in ihrer vollen
Schönheit sehen. Anmutig steht die Bronzeplastik auf einer Wiese im
Stadtteil Homberg, etwas zurückgesetzt an der Kreuzung
Duisburger/Moerser Straße. Doch das Bild ist Vergangenheit. Die
wertvolle, fast 2,40 Meter hohe Frauenfigur aus dem Besitz des
Lehmbruck-Museum ist vor kurzem gestohlen worden. Sehr wahrscheinlich
von Metalldieben. Nicht der erste Kunstraub in Duisburg.

February 23rd, 2011

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One of three statues stolen Saturday, Jan. 22, from Canada Billiards in Laval. The statues, one bronze, one silver and one gold, are estimated to be worth a total of about $10,000. The thief or thieves stole nothing else from the business and Laval police had no suspects as of Tuesday at midday. Photo: Courtesy Laval police
Three statues, about 30 centimetres tall, all signed by hockey legend Maurice Richard, and worth a total of $9,000, were stolen Saturday from Canada Billiard and Bowling in Laval.

The thieves set off the building’s security alarm, Laval police Constable Franco DiGenova said. A window next to the front entrance and a display case were smashed. DiGenova said it’s unlikely anyone could sell the items on the Internet, since they are one of a kind.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Laval police at 450-662-4636.

Police seek info on stolen statues.

January 26th, 2011

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It is reported that a brazen art heist in the Washington DC area late last week was solved, thanks to an alert posted by the scrap industry’s online theft alert system.ScrapTheftAlert.com is a free theft notification web site that allows police to send detailed descriptions of stolen items to recycling operations and other law enforcement within a 100 plus mile radius of a theft. The system also allows scrap processors to alert law enforcement when they are offered suspicious materials at the scrap yard. The system currently has over 7,000 subscribers. Nearly 2,500 law enforcement professionals in the US and Canada are registered to use the system.

more via Steel Guru : New online theft alert system launches for scrap industry – 187569 – 2011-01-23.

January 23rd, 2011

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Stolen sculptures found damaged beyond repairPublished 01/20/11BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Montgomery County police have found five bronze sculptures stolen from a Bethesda museum garden, but say the pieces are damaged beyond repair.AP VIDEOmore>>Police have issued a warrant charging 27-year-old Daniel Conticchio of Washington with theft and other offenses.Officers say Conticchio sold the damaged sculptures, which were stolen on Monday from the Phillip Ratner Museum of Art, to a recycling business in Rockville for $150. An employee of the business became aware that the sculptures were stolen and called police.

more via Stolen sculptures found damaged beyond repair • Region (www.HometownAnnapolis.com – The Capital).

January 21st, 2011

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A 27-year-old Northwest Washington man was arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with the theft and vandalism of seven bronze sculptures worth about $90,000 at a Bethesda museum, Montgomery County police said.County officers found Daniel Conticchio sleeping in his car in the parking lot of Wildwood Shopping Center, at Old Georgetown Road and Democracy Boulevard in Bethesda. On Wednesday, authorities issued an arrest warrant for Conticchio, of the 4500 block of 9th Street NW in the District, on five counts of theft and other destruction-of-property charges.

more via Post Now – Man arrested in stolen scuptures case.

January 21st, 2011

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Safety improved after reports of thefts in neighbouring town, possibly owing to rise in price of bronzeBy Clemens Bomsdorf | Web onlyPublished online 20 Jan 11 (News)COPENHAGEN. A Danish municipality is to secure its public bronze sculptures with motion sensor alarms and global positioning systems (GPS) after reports of thefts of works in the neighbouring town, possibly owing to a rise in the price of bronze. Gribskov, which lies 50km north of Copenhagen and has a population of 41,000, is planning to secure seven sculptures at a cost of around €1,300 per work.“The combination of these two measures should decrease the likelihood of theft substantially,” Henrik Olsen, the risk manager for Gribskov, told The Art Newspaper. “If someone tries to remove a work, a central alarm will immediately be triggered and thanks to GPS the works can be tracked.”So far Gribskov is the only municipality to adopt such security measures, although Olsen said other law enforcers had been in contact over the proposals. Gribskov itself has not been subject to thefts, but the neighbouring town of Helsingor has.Most of the sculptures that will be secured are installed outside public buildings such as the train station or library, while some stand in parks. “Running away from these spots is relatively easy,” said Olsen. Several other, less accessible, bronze sculptures were not deemed at risk and will not be rigged with alarms.

via Danish town secures public bronze sculptures with alarms | The Art Newspaper.

January 21st, 2011

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Six bronze sculptures were stolen from the garden of the Dennis & Phillip Ratner Museum between Friday and Sunday, police said.

Montgomery County Police estimate the robbery occurred between 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Sunday. Five of the six sculptures were damaged in the theft, police said.

via Sculptures Stolen From Ratner Museum – Bethesda, MD Patch.

January 18th, 2011

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A Willimantic man charged in the theft of a historic 450-pound bronze statue from the Yantic Cemetery in Norwich is taking time to mull over an offer to settle his case short of trial.

Sean McNee, 44, appeared briefly in Norwich Superior Court on Wednesday where the undisclosed offer was made. He is charged with first-degree larceny, first-degree criminal mischief and desecration of property. He is due back in court Feb. 10.

Man considers offer in case of statue stolen from Norwich cemetery – Norwich, CT – Norwich Bulletin.

January 7th, 2011

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You have to be a pretty brazen criminal to steal a pretty bronze statue, but that’s just what’s happening in the Dutch city of Nijmegen.  Ten of the city’s historic bronze statues have been stolen in what police believe to be a metal theft scheme.  Bronze the alloy is worth quite a bit of money, so authorities believe the statues will probably not be recovered, except for perhaps in ingot form.

Now, to protect the other statues, the city is removing them from the streets and putting them into hiding.  They’re also considering replacing the statues with less-expensive materials or installing GPS chips to track the statues in the event the are stolen.  Here’s what I don’t get.  How do you steal a statue?  Street signs are small and easy to steal, but a giant bronze dude?  That’s a bit harder to slip into the back of a van.

http://www.popfi.com/2010/11/11/dutch-city-hides-statues-from-thieves/

November 11th, 2010

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Statue stolen from gallery
http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/8419379.Statue_stolen_from_gallery/

11:00am Wednesday 29th September 2010

• By Kirsty Barton »

STAFF at Fisherton Mill in Salisbury are having to reassess their displays and security after a limited edition statue worth more than £1,200 was stolen.

The bronze piece, by artist Gill Brown, was taken from a plinth in the gallery’s shop on the afternoon of September 18.

The theft was discovered when a member of staff noticed an empty display stand and reported that the ten-inch tall statue called Sleep was missing.

“It is just not fair,” said Fisherton Mill owner Deborah Fox. “A lot of work went into the piece and it is special to Gill Brown. It is just not fair someone thinks they can take it without paying for it.

“We will have to be a bit more careful and change the way we display things. We really thought it would be too big for someone to pop in their bag or under their coat.”

Ms Fox is appealing for any customers in the Mill on that afternoon to get in touch with the police if they saw anything suspicious.

The police are investigating and are checking websites such as eBay to try and trace the statue, which is of a mother with a child asleep in her arms.

As it is a limited edition, each statue is numbered and therefore easy to distinguish.

“We don’t know if it’s someone who wants it for the metal and the value of the metal or whether it is someone who just likes the piece and thinks they would like it at home,” said Ms Fox.

“It is quite a big, heavy piece, and that is really why we didn’t have it under lock and key – it is nice to have things out so people can see them up close. We don’t want to put everything behind glass.”

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Salisbury police on 0845 4087000, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

September 29th, 2010

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Statue stolen from Peacock Garden
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/Statue-stolen-from-Peacock-Garden/articleshow/6493921.cms

TNN, Sep 5, 2010, 01.50am IST

JAIPUR: A metal statue in the Peacock Garden situated under Malviya Nagar flyover was stolen on Friday night. The thieves, in a bid to steal another one, damaged it. The theft occurred despite the presence of two security guards.
Local residents alleged negligence on part of the JDA and demanded action against the guilty officers.

According to the police, the garden contractor Ake Pal Singh lodged an FIR with the police on Saturday morning saying some miscreants had stolen a statue from the Peacock Garden.

“A police team found one statue had been stolen while another one damaged. Guards on duty were questioned, the expressed ignorance. They must have been sleeping when the theft occurred. However, they say that due to heavy rain during night, they had taken shelter under the flyover,” said a police officer. The police have yet not been able to nab the thieves.

“We have registered a case and an investigation is on,” the officer added.

The authorities have failed to provide security to statues situated at various places in the city. Two incidents of the statue thefts have been reported at the Rambagh Circle. At this place too, a security guard had been deputed to guard the statues, but it failed to check the thefts.

Read more: Statue stolen from Peacock Garden – Jaipur – City – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/jaipur/Statue-stolen-from-Peacock-Garden/articleshow/6493921.cms#ixzz0ynyyqBzp

September 7th, 2010

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Vanished: 200-Pound Bronze Statue of Evil Spirit
http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local-beat/Vanished-Bronze-Statue-of-Evil-Spirit-102169239.html

By MATT BAUME

Updated 1:15 PM PDT, Fri, Sep 3, 2010

AP
Say, you haven’t seen any evil spirits lurking about, have you?

“Well, that’s typical,” said Dennis Behat, artistic director for Ballet San Jose ballet, when he learned that a bronze sculpture of an evil spirit from the ballet “Giselle” had been stolen. “Typical” is not the word we would have used.

The sculpture, created by Julia Lord in 1978 at a cost of $17,000, depicts a nasty fairy called a “Wili” that tries to lure men to their death in “Giselle.” In the show, the heroine’s ghost defends her lover from the Wilis.

It would seem that the spirit of the sculpture was too strong to be contained by earthly bonds. It was only just recently installed in the lobby of the Center for Performing Arts in San Jose, and nobody’s quite sure how long it’s been missing. Its disappearance was only discovered when a staff member started hunting around for it, in preparation for a move to San Jose Center for Performing Arts.

It wouldn’t be the first time that the 200-pound sculpture vanished. In 1982, the torso was stolen and reappeared a few weeks later.

Is this latest evaporation the work of nefarious bronze thieves? Or something a little more ineffable? Only Giselle knows for sure.
Matt Baume has been called a nasty fairy at times.

Copyright NBC Local Media

First Published: Sep 3, 2010 11:58 AM PDT

September 7th, 2010

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August 20th, 2010

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Published: Sunday, August 15, 2010
Vandal also stole part of family’s heart
http://heraldnet.com/article/20100815/NEWS01/708159915

Someone took the steel salmon from a sculpture to memorialize Peter Skerratt, who died in November 2007.

By Alejandro Dominguez
Herald Writer

SNOHOMISH — Peter Skerratt died in a freak accident by falling from his bicycle on a slippery Sixth Street Bridge the night of Nov. 22, 2007.

Frank Gosser built a memorial for his friend near the Pilchuck River where he and Skerratt used to go fishing as kids.

Now the memorial has been vandalized.

The memorial, a stainless steel sculpture bolted to a 2-ton boulder, had a metal salmon welded on top. This past Thursday Skerratt’s mother, Beverly Skerratt, 72, was bringing flowers to the site when she discovered that the salmon was stolen.

“This is not only devastating to my family, but to anyone who loved my son,” she said. “He would do anything to help you.”

She has brought flowers at least once a month for the past three years.

The silver salmon is about 4 feet long. It has “Peter M.S.” and the dates of Skerratt’s birthday — “5-5-63” — and his death — “11-22-07” — on the fish’s body.

“It’s like they have taken him from us all over again,” said Carol Sprague, 52, Skerratt’s sister.

Sprague said the monument helps bring comfort to her mother and the family.

The family said the memorial was complete when they visited three weeks ago.

The family has not filed a police report because they are hopeful that someone will return the missing fish.

“Our goal is to have it restored. No questions asked,” Sprague said. “They did not only take a piece of metal, they took something from my family.”

The family suspects that someone outside the community did the act. In the past they have seen coins being put on the cross by Skerratt’s friends, who say they still miss him.

“I just want to think it was done out of a stupid act and not for malice,” Sprague said. “I want to believe that.”

Skerratt wrote a poem as a message to the individual who has the fish:

“You took a memorial for scrap.

“IT’S NOT SCRAP!”

Alejandro Dominguez: 425-339-3422; adominguez@heraldnet.com.

August 16th, 2010

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12 August 2010 Last updated at 11:00 ET
Statue by Victorian sculptor stolen from Cardiff park
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-10949820

‘Joyance’ is among the works of Cardiff sculptor Sir William Goscombe John
A statue by a renowned Victorian sculptor has been stolen from a park in his home city.

‘Joyance’, an 1899 statue of a boy by Sir William Goscombe John, was cut from the water fountain in Thompson’s Park, Canton, Cardiff.

Sir William was one of the most prominent 19th Century sculptors and the theft comes in the 150th anniversary year of his birth.

Cardiff Council called it a “mindless crime”. Police are investigating.

Executive member for sport, culture and leisure Councillor Nigel Howells said: “This is a mindless crime that has deprived visitors to Thompson’s Park of a much loved feature.

“Security measures are in place at the park, with the gates locked every evening.

“This is an isolated incident and the matter has now been referred to South Wales Police”.

2010 marks the 150th anniversary of Sir William Goscombe John’s birth in Canton and a local pub is named in his honour, near where his street used to stand.

His statues and monuments can be seen in many places in the UK and abroad, including Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s and Llandaff cathedrals.

Many remain in Cardiff, including the statues of Lord Ninian in the civic centre and ‘The Elf’ in St Fagans.

His father, John, was a woodcarver to the third Marquis of Bute and William assisted him with carvings at Cardiff Castle. Sir William, knighted in 1911, died in 1952, aged 92.

The statue, which is 4-5ft, was stolen in the early hours of Saturday, July 31.

A South Wales Police spokeswoman confirmed that officers were investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to call Canton Police Station on 029 2022 2111 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

August 13th, 2010

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Fury as bronze statues stolen from city estate
http://www.lep.co.uk/news/fury_as_bronze_statues_stolen_from_city_estate_1_979225

GONE: Cottam resident Ken Youde surveys the spot off Greenside, Cottam, where the statues once stood, and below, the wild boar before it was taken

Published on Mon Aug 02 08:58:21 BST 2010

Thieves have stolen two pieces of bronze artwork from the middle of a Preston housing estate.

A hacksaw is believed to have been taken to the legs of the wild boar and two hounds which were a familiar sight for residents in Cottam, Preston.

It is the second time the pieces have been taken from the village green off Greenside in the past few years.

It is not yet known if it will be possible to replace them this time.

Retired high school teacher Ken Youde, 58, who lives in The Gables with wife Elaine, also 58, said: “I bet they’re probably melted down now sadly.

“They’d obviously been sawn off at the legs. They must have come at night with hacksaws.

“It’s such a shame. We’ve shown friends them as we’ve walked round the area. They were a local feature.”

The statues were commissioned by the Commission for New Towns and sculpted by Dutch-born Marjan Wouda who lives in Darwen, East Lancashire.

Coun Julie Buttle, who represents the Lea ward, which includes Cottam, said she understood the pieces were worth several thousands each.

She said: “It’s been severed, leaving a sorry looking stump of a trotter and a paw.

“It’s not an easy theft to make and it’s quite expensive as well. They must have known what they were doing because they cut it from the base.

“You have to walk round the estate to find it. They’re not visible from the road at all.

“It’s a little bit off the beaten track so it’s got to be someone who knows it’s there.

“It was just something you used to come across and it was quite nice. It was like a focal point.”

A reward was offered when the dog part of the sculpture, worth £4,000, was stolen in 1998.

Vandals and thieves have targeted a number of pieces of public artwork across Preston.

Most famously, the 16ft ‘Ribble Piddler’, which used to stand close to Tom Benson Way, had its toes chopped off before it was removed due to decay.

The archway-style ‘Air’ sculpture, a landmark off Savick Way on the Savick estate, was damaged “beyond repair” last year and the owl on the Andertons Way roundabout was covered in white paint.

It is believed the bronze statues were taken during the weekend of July 17 and 18.

The incident has been reported to the police.

Anyone with any information should contact police on 0845 1 253545 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

August 2nd, 2010

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Wax sculptures stolen from city gallery
http://www.limerickleader.ie/news/Wax-sculptures-stolen-from-city.6447386.jp

Published Date: 31 July 2010
By Alan Owens
TWO pieces of art sculpture were stolen from a city centre art gallery in an incident being described by Henry Street gardai as a “pretty stupid crime to commit”.
A Jasminite piece and a wax sculpture were stolen from the All Out Design Gallery on Sarsfield Street.

The gallery is hosting a solo show by emerging local artist Ana Carey called Practice of Process, and it was Ms Carey who arrived at the gallery to find the front window smashed and the pieces missing.

“I turned up at 7.30 last Wednesday morning and found the window smashed and two of my babies gone, so I wasn’t too pleased,” said Ms Carey this week.

“I am in pure shock about the whole thing. I have no idea why anybody would want to steal them – maybe they caught their eye and they liked them,” said Ms Carey.

She added that both pieces were cast from the same mould and “had owners to go to, so I have lost out. I was going to Dublin to deliver this Friday, but unfortunately those pieces now are gone.

“It is like a dig with a smirk, someone stealing your art, but I just have to let it go and not think about it, just drive on. It wasn’t nice.”

Garda Paula Cregan, Henry Street, described the incident as “an unusual theft”.

“These are not really the type of items you would generally see thieves trying to sell on and are not really of any value to the thieves, so I would say it is a pretty stupid crime to commit, and will only cause grief and expense to the owner,” said Garda Cregan.

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• Last Updated: 31 July 2010 5:59 PM
• Source: Limerick Leader City Editio
• Location: Limerick

August 1st, 2010

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Sculptures stolen from Breckenridge art gallery
http://www.summitdaily.com/article/20100723/NEWS/100729902/1078&ParentProfile=1055

Missing art pieces valued at $7,750

By Robert Allen
summit daily news

Breckenridge Police Department seeks the public’s help in finding the stolen items. Anyone who recognizes the pieces or has any information about the case is asked to call detective Jaala Cahill at (970) 547-3134.

People with information who want to remain anonymous can call Summit County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-453-STOP. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $1,000 for callers who help solve local crimes.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Burglars took two jellyfish sculptures from Fox Ridge Gallery on Main Street in Breckenridge early Wednesday morning.

“I feel violated,” gallery owner Johanne Picken said.

The glass-encased sculptures together are worth $7,750. The burglars apparently broke the glass in the gallery’s front doors at about 2:50 a.m. to gain entry, setting off an alarm that alerted the authorities.

Breckenridge Police Department did not release information about the crime until Friday.

The bigger sculpture is 15 inches tall and weighs 24 pounds. It was valued at $6,000.

“I’m angry because it’s an expensive, heavy, large sculpture that you can’t just sell,” Picken said, adding that both pieces are numbered.

The other sculpture is 8 inches tall and weighs about 10 pounds. Both have iridescent, pale-blue and green coloring.

Picken said this is the gallery’s first break-in in the three years she’s owned it. A neighbor who heard the alarm told her he saw two possible getaway vehicles: a dark-colored car that looked like a Chrysler LeBaron and a dark green pick-up truck with a white topper.

Elsewhere in downtown Breckenridge, a variety of burglaries have occurred this year. Mountain Outfitters on Ridge Street was burgled three times before a man was arrested in March.

Christy Sports on Main Street was burgled in early June, and the former Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream kiosk on Main Street was broken into in January.

Last fall, Breckenridge police reported a significant increase in residence and vehicle break-ins. The department responded to at least 20 such incidents between August and November — more than double the previous year’s number, according to a previous report.

The two Moon jellyfish pieces at Fox Ridge Gallery were crafted by Richard Satava, an artist in Chico, Calif.

Picken said the larger one had prominent placement in the gallery.

“Everybody stops and looks at it. It was my show stopper,” she said. “And somebody had the gall to break the window and steal it.”

SDN reporter Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or rallen@summitdaily.com.

July 24th, 2010

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Sculpture Stolen In Front Of Town Museum
http://www.wchl1360.com/details3.html?id=15308
07/22/10 03:38PM

WCHL News

A piece of artwork has been reported stolen from in front of the Chapel Hill Museum.

Lieutenant Kevin Gunter with the Chapel Hill Police Department says piece of art was taken earlier this month.
The stolen art is titled “The Landing.” Police reports indicate it went missing sometime between July 1 and July 7.

Police suspected that the artists had simply reclaimed the sculpture, but after contacting them it was determined the art had been taken.

Gunter says the sculpture is valued at more than $16,000. If you have any information about what happened to the artwork, call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 968-2760.

July 23rd, 2010

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140-year-old statue stolen from convent

http://www.themonitor.com/articles/strong-40145-tip-convent.html

June 23, 2010 8:04 PM Ildefonso Ortiz The Brownsville Herald GOT A TIP? Anyone with information about the theft of the statue is asked to call Brownsville Police Crime Stoppers at (956) 546-8477. BROWNSVILLE —

Two lit candles remain inside an orange brick grotto where the sisters of Incarnate Word kept a 140-year-old statue of the Lady of Lourdes, which mysteriously vanished sometime between Monday night and Tuesday afternoon. The convent’s gardener, Guadalupe Cavazos, reported that the statue was missing from the convent-school on the 200 block of Resaca Boulevard, said Sister Evelyn Morales. “He was watering a small plant near the grotto and found a small rosary on the floor,” she said. “When he looked up, he noticed the statue was missing. It’s almost as if our Blessed Mother was telling him, ‘Hey, look over here: I’m gone.’” Brownsville police are asking the public for any information regarding the statue’s whereabouts or the identity of the burglar, said police spokesman Lt. Orlando Rodriguez. The 2-foot-tall, white-and-blue statue depicts the Virgin Mary looking up to the sky with her hands clasped in prayer and has a reported value of $25,000. It was broken off its metal and cement base inside the grotto, according to the police report. “I don’t know what kind of value this may have to others, but to us this is priceless,” said Sister Vianney Uyeno, who is in charge of the convent.

The grotto and the statue have been open to the public since 1926, Uyeno said. Many faithful Catholics in the community regularly visit the grotto in the morning to pray. “I sure hope that whoever took it repents and brings it back,” Uyeno said of the statue. “At this point we just want our statue back, no questions asked.” Mother Superior Teresa Solis placed the statue in the grotto, which was built at the order’s old convent on the corner of St. Charles and Eighth streets in 1870. The grotto, which was moved to its current location in 1969, was built using petrified wood from Roma and stones from various European grottos and from the grave of Saint Teresa of Avila, said Uyeno.

June 24th, 2010

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Thieves make off with 7ft topless mermaid statue carved from wood
http://www.thisislincolnshire.co.uk/news/Thieves-make-topless-7ft-mermaid-statue-carved-wood/article-2310598-detail/article.html

The half-ton wooden mermaid.
A BUXOM 7ft mermaid weighing almost half a tonne has been stolen from a Lincolnshire artist.

The mermaid was made by an Australian woman who specialises in creating page three-style pieces during a competition in the UK.

The statuesque figure was taken from the chainsaw sculptor Mick Burns’s yard near Hackthorn.

Mr Burns, who created the three bears at the entrance to Birchwood nature park, said he was not sure exactly when the well-endowed figure was taken, but said it was about May 26.

He said: “I think someone must have spotted her and decided to come back for her later. She won’t have been easy to move.

“They must have come with something to lift her and a large vehicle. I can’t think where they will put her.”

Sitting astride a rock and combing her hair with a fish skeleton, the mermaid is as distinctive as she is large. Mr Burns is hopeful somebody will have spotted her.

He said: “They can’t have put her on display in public because someone will see her. I’m hoping somebody has seen her and just weren’t aware of what they were looking at.

“If that is the case, they should call the police.”

The statue was carved by Angela Polglaze and gifted to Mr Burns as she could not take it back to Australia.

It is not the first time something has been stolen from Mr Burns. A few years ago, a giant snail shell with a hand and a foot coming out of it instead of a snail’s head was taken from the bottom of a garden.

Last month, the bear family he carved for Birchwood nature park were vandalised.

Police encouraged Mr Burns to let people know about the theft as the sculpture is easy to identify.

Lincolnshire Police spokesman Debra Tinsley said: “This theft was of an extremely unusual item.

“The wooden mermaid was very heavy and would have been awkward to remove. Therefore the thieves must have come prepared to transport it and may have visited the premises prior to committing the crime.

“This was a hand-made piece that was valuable in monetary terms, as well as in artistic terms, for the craftsman who designed and made it.”

Anyone with any information should call Lincolnshire Police’s witness line on 0300 111300.

June 17th, 2010

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Statue of reading boy stolen from Allen library
http://www.wfaa.com/news/crime/Sculpture-of-reading-boy-stolen-from-Allen-library-96323939.html

by JONATHAN BETZ

WFAA

Posted on June 14, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Updated yesterday at 11:39 PM

ALLEN — For years, a sculpture of a boy nicknamed “Tommy” has been an inspiration to thousands of North Texas children.

The statue was a gift to the Allen Public Library and was designed to encourage children to read. For seven years, the bronze statue of a child reading on a bench greeted arriving visitors outside of the library.

Before walking into the library Monday, Kiora Nield’s children were among those who immediately noticed something was missing.

“They would always say, ‘Hi,’ so they noticed it was gone,” she said.

The statue was stolen Thursday night.

“We were so saddened and shocked when we came out to find it was totally gone,” said Tom Keener, with the Allen Public Library. “It was like all of our countless hours and tireless efforts had gone down the drain.”

Book sales and donations covered the $2,500 cost of the public art piece.

“The minute we got it, it was just a hit with everybody,” said Jane Bennett, with Library Friends.

Bennett was among those who contributed toward the raising of the money. She said some children had named the statue of the boy.

“We felt the statue encouraged childhood literacy,” Keener said. “And it did because we would come out here, particularly in spring and fall, and children would be reading to the child, reading a book or sitting next to it like it was their buddy.”

Police aren’t sure how thieves were able to haul off the 2,500-pound statue. Officers fear it may have been scrapped for its metal.

“I think that’s one of the hardest things when it comes to art or something like that; its not like you can go to Target and buy another one,” Bennett said.

Those at the library say they hope those who stole the statue will return it to its rightful home. The library is offering a $100 reward for its return.

E-mail: jbetz@wfaa.com

June 15th, 2010

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Toledo Bar’s Namesake Boar Statue Stolen
http://www.wlwt.com/news/23754299/detail.html
Owner Says He Bought Statue 20 Years Ago

POSTED: 10:30 am EDT June 1, 2010
UPDATED: 10:39 am EDT June 1, 2010

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TOLEDO — An Ohio bar is asking for its 200-pound bronze statue of a boar back, no questions asked.
The Bronze Boar tavern in downtown Toledo is named after the statue. The bar’s owner said he bought the more than 3 foot tall statue in an  auction 20 years ago for $2,000.
The statue, which was normally displayed in the back of the establishment, disappeared while the owner was out of town.
The bar will pay a reward for the statue in return. However, the owner said he is assuming it was taken to sell for scrap.

June 2nd, 2010

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Stolen bear statue found in bushes at community center
http://www.pioneerlocal.com/parkridge/news/2342576,park-ridge-bearstolen-060310-s1.article

June 1, 2010
By JENNIFER JOHNSON jjohnson@pioneerlocal.com
A nearly 6-foot-tall Scottish-bear statue, missing from Park Ridge’s Centennial Park for a week, returned Saturday just as mysteriously as it had disappeared.

The statue, part of Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care’s Promise of Park Ridge 2010 public art display, was removed from its base and stolen from the park’s playground area overnight between May 22 and May 23, according to police. But on Saturday the bear, wearing a painted teal, red and blue Scottish tartan, was discovered in some bushes on the grounds of the Park Ridge Community Center, said Jackie Mathews, special events coordinator of Rainbow Hospice.

This nearly 6-foot-tall Scottish bear statue, part of Rainbow Hospice’s Promise of Park Ridge public art display, was stolen from Centennial Park in Park Ridge recently.
(Photo courtesy of Rainbow Hospice)
The statue wasn’t there when the grounds were checked earlier, she said, but was spotted by a child who mentioned it to a member of the Park Ridge Art League, the group that helped paint many of the fiberglass animal statues that are part of the public art display and fund-raiser.

Mathews said everyone involved in the project is “grateful” the bear was returned, even if he did suffer some scrapes and scratches during his apparent bear-napping.

“He’s currently having some R-and-R at an Art League member’s home and is being repaired,” Mathews said. “Then he’s headed back out to the park.”

The theft made Rainbow Hospice consider removing statues from Centennial Park and placing some in local storefronts, instead, according to a press release the health-care provider issued late last week. But since the return of the Scottish bear Mathews said she would prefer the artwork remain at Centennial, where people can enjoy it.

“It’s our hope that these will stay in the park,” she said. “We want them to be accessible to the public.”

Though she could not say exactly how much the bear statue weighed, Mathews said it clearly would have taken a few people to move it.

About the time the bear was stolen a cougar statue displayed nearby was also ripped off its base, but was left on the ground, Park Ridge police said. Rainbow Hospice also reported that a miniature African-elephant statue, also at Centennial, was robbed of a purse and earrings.

The animal statues were installed in Centennial and two other parks just two weeks ago.

June 2nd, 2010

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Vermont, R.I. sculpture thefts might be linked
http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20100526/NEWS02/5260376/1003/NEWS02

By PATRICK McARDLE STAFF WRITER – Published: May 26, 2010

DORSET — A second edition of a Rhode Island artist’s bronze sculpture of a woman is missing from a local home and is believed to have been taken around the same time as an edition was taken from outside a Rhode Island arts center in March.

State Trooper Timothy Newton is investigating the disappearance of the sculpture, “Embrace of Life II,” from outside a home on Danby Mountain Road.

Another copy of the sculpture was taken from outside the Four Corners Arts Center in Tiverton, R.I., in early March.

According to the website of Narragansett, R.I., artist Mimi Sammis, there are five copies of the sculpture, which was created in 1999.

Newton said Tuesday that police have no reason to believe that thieves are targeting that particular sculpture although he added that “anything’s possible.”

Owner Sheila Frantz reported the disappearance of the Dorset sculpture to police on Monday.

Newton said there were some challenges in the investigation. Because Frantz isn’t a full-time resident, she could only narrow down when the sculpture went missing to sometime in March or April.

The sculpture, which Sammis sells for $30,000, was outside but not visible from the road so Newton said police are trying to establish who might have known it was there.

A connection between the thefts in Rhode Island and Vermont seems unlikely. The site of the Tiverton theft is more than 200 miles southeast from Dorset.

The Herald News of Fall River, Mass., reported that police arrested two men who they believed stole the 300-pound sculpture a few days after it was reported missing.

The two men, James MacNaught, 31, of Tiverton, and Robert Coelho, 29, of Fall River, were arrested and charged with felony counts of receiving stolen property and conspiracy after police received a tip from a neighbor of MacNaught, who told police MacNaught was seen cutting apart the statue.

Police said they believed the men planned to cut up the statue and sell it for scrap metal.

At the time, police were hopeful they might recover the pieces and Sammis said she believed she might be able to weld the pieces back together.

May 27th, 2010

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Historic Monmouth statue’s staff stolen
http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/8183572.Historic_Monmouth_statue___s_staff_stolen/

12:30pm Tuesday 25th May 2010

A 218 year-old staff was stolen from the hand of one of Monmouth’s historical monuments.

The military staff, known locally as Henry’s scroll, is part of the statue of Henry V which was erected at the front of the Shire Hall in 1792, and was stolen last week.

Conservation work to the statue was being carried out as part of a £5 million renovation project at the Shire Hall that includes conserving the half a metre-long military staff by applying new gold leaf.

The scroll is not fixed to the hand of the statue, but project manager for the scheme, Keith Davies believes whoever took it climbed over the tall timber hoardings that surround the site and climbed up the scaffold, erected to reach the statue.

“There isn’t a re-sale value as it is just gold leaf on an oak baton but there is obvious historical value as we believe it is original to the statue which was erected in 1792,” explained Mr Davies principal estates surveyor for Monmouthshire council.

“We think someone may have thought it had a re-sale value and that when they realised it was made of oak, have dumped it somewhere and are hoping someone comes across it,” he added.

The staff is thought to have been stolen from the site between Friday 14 May and Sunday 16 May.

Mr Davies is appealing for anyone with information to contact Gwent Police on 01633 838111 or the Monmouth One Stop Shop on 01600 775200.

May 26th, 2010

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Vermont, R.I. sculpture thefts might be linked
http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20100526/NEWS02/5260376/1003/NEWS02

By PATRICK McARDLE STAFF WRITER – Published: May 26, 2010

DORSET — A second edition of a Rhode Island artist’s bronze sculpture of a woman is missing from a local home and is believed to have been taken around the same time as an edition was taken from outside a Rhode Island arts center in March.

State Trooper Timothy Newton is investigating the disappearance of the sculpture, “Embrace of Life II,” from outside a home on Danby Mountain Road.

Another copy of the sculpture was taken from outside the Four Corners Arts Center in Tiverton, R.I., in early March.

According to the website of Narragansett, R.I., artist Mimi Sammis, there are five copies of the sculpture, which was created in 1999.

Newton said Tuesday that police have no reason to believe that thieves are targeting that particular sculpture although he added that “anything’s possible.”

Owner Sheila Frantz reported the disappearance of the Dorset sculpture to police on Monday.

Newton said there were some challenges in the investigation. Because Frantz isn’t a full-time resident, she could only narrow down when the sculpture went missing to sometime in March or April.

The sculpture, which Sammis sells for $30,000, was outside but not visible from the road so Newton said police are trying to establish who might have known it was there.

A connection between the thefts in Rhode Island and Vermont seems unlikely. The site of the Tiverton theft is more than 200 miles southeast from Dorset.

The Herald News of Fall River, Mass., reported that police arrested two men who they believed stole the 300-pound sculpture a few days after it was reported missing.

The two men, James MacNaught, 31, of Tiverton, and Robert Coelho, 29, of Fall River, were arrested and charged with felony counts of receiving stolen property and conspiracy after police received a tip from a neighbor of MacNaught, who told police MacNaught was seen cutting apart the statue.

Police said they believed the men planned to cut up the statue and sell it for scrap metal.

At the time, police were hopeful they might recover the pieces and Sammis said she believed she might be able to weld the pieces back together.

But Herald News reporter Derek Vital said Tuesday he didn’t believe the pieces had been recovered.

While those responsible for the disappearance of the Dorset sculpture may not have been involved in the theft in Rhode Island, that doesn’t mean they may not have struck again in the local area.

State Police have also been investigating the disappearance of a large African sculpture from outside a Peace Road home in Dorset. That sculpture went missing on April 29.

Sammis said on Tuesday that “Embrace of Love II” had a lot of meaning to her and one edition of the sculpture had been displayed at the United Nations.

However, Sammis said she believed that if the sculpture in Dorset was stolen, it was probably only for the bronze of which it was made and not because of the sculpture’s artistic value. She said she believed that’s what happened in Rhode Island.

“It’s awful that someone would just hack it up into pieces. But I always try to be positive and I thought what good could come out of this and I thought, ‘Well, maybe these two guys (MacNaught and Coelho) will get some help and get over their addiction.’ I also thought, I’ll get to create a new sculpture,” she said.

Sammis said she sold Frantz the piece when Frantz was living in Greenwich, Conn., but she wasn’t sure of the year.

The Peace Road sculpture was in the shona style and created in Zimbabwe. The 5-feet-tall by 3-feet-wide sculpture, which weighs about 150 to 200 pounds, is titled, “U-KAMA” and depicts a family in a circle with outstretched arms.

“It’s too much of a coincidence to overlook the possibility they could be connected,” said Lt. Reg Trayah, station commander of the Shaftsbury state police barracks.

Trayah said officers had spoken with a company that oversees the sales of art pieces. According to Trayah, art dealers contact the company when someone wants to sell a piece of art so the dealer knows if the piece has been reported as stolen. The company’s staff will also monitor sales so they can alert police if a piece that has been reported stolen has been sold.

Anyone with information about the disappearance of either sculpture in Dorset is asked to call the Vermont State Police at the Shaftsbury barracks at 442-5421.

patrick.mcardle@rutlandherald.com

May 26th, 2010

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Sculpture stolen in home burglary
http://www.gazettetimes.com/news/local/article_c1f20548-67c4-11df-973a-001cc4c002e0.html

Gazette-Times | Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 1:00 am | 1 Comment

Have you seen ‘Exaltation?’ The sculpture was stolen sometime Sunday. Call the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at 541-766-6858. (Contributed photo)

A sculpture worth about $20,000 was stolen Sunday in a residential burglary and investigators hope someone will come forward with its whereabouts.

According to information from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, the sculpture, along with two flat-screen TVs, a Nintendo gaming system and several video games, were taken from a house on Avalon Drive north of Corvallis on Sunday.

The homeowner, Rich Carone, left the residence Sunday morning and discovered the items missing when he returned about 3:30 p.m. His daughter had reportedly left the front door unlocked when she left the house a few hours earlier.

The sculpture, which is called “Exaltation,” was purchased for $7,000 about 12 years ago. The artist,  Frederick Hart, is known for the “Three Soldiers” sculpture at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., among others.

Hart died in  1999. “Exaltation,” which is made of  acrylic lucite, is now estimated to be worth $18,000-22,000.

The dimensions are approximately 23” X 13” X 13.

Neighbors told deputies they did not see any suspicious persons or vehicles in the area.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at 541-766-6858.

May 26th, 2010

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