Police locate stolen 330-pound bronze statue worth $24,000

Stolen statue found

A bronze statue of a figure on a horse has been returned to its rightful owner after it was stolen early on Nov. 4 in Vancouver.

Vesna Zaric of the Petley Jones Gallery says the $24,000 sculpture titled “After Marino Marini” by acclaimed artist Fahri Aldin depicts an abstract figure on a horse and is more than a metre tall.

The thief dragged the 150-kilogram (330 pound) bronze statue down seven or eight steps before loading it onto a cart and wheeling it away. Following that, Reddit user halfandhafu said they spotted the statue outside a Megabite in Gastown.

Vancouver Police Sgt. Aaron Roed said an unidentified suspect wearing a brown jacket and jeans was spotted wheeling the statue away in security footage.

“He arrived with the dolly and loaded it up, and he did it by himself. The statue has a solid base, and so it was easy to slide the dolly beneath,” said Roed.

“Detectives from the Property Crime Unit worked to locate the statue, and we are happy it was found.”

Roed adds that the incident is still under investigation. No charges have been laid.

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