Thieves have gotten their hands on an 800-pound statue of Mormon founders Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. Police had to search the city until they found the statue, and particularly thanks to a phoned-in tip, they were successful in their mission, with the statue still being in good condition.
The statue is supposed to be worth over $120,000. It was stolen from Salt Lake City’s Northgate Business Park last Tuesday.
Police say that it took four people to steal the statue. One of them has been arrested so far. Police refuse to release the suspects names, or where the statue was found as the investigation is ongoing.
The Daily Mail reports:
As of Tuesday night, police were questioning the suspect and continuing to look for the three other people involved.
Police have declined to release the suspects’ names or where the statue was found as the investigation is ongoing.
Security cameras caught the thieves – a blonde woman and three men – loading the statue into single-axle utility trailer hitched to an older model white Ford Explorer at about 4am on Tuesday.
The statue depicts Mormon founder Smith and his Latter-day Saints sidekick Young together on a park bench.
The sculpture, which is owned by the owner of the Northgate business center, said it is worth $125,000.
The artwork was commissioned by Young Fine Art Studio sculptors Lena Toritch and Richard Young, according to KUTV.
After being recovered, the statue was returned to its owner unharmed.
Police said earlier on Tuesday that they worried that the thieves would cut the statue down into pieces and sell it to a scrap metal yard.