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.
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.