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Third Suspect Charged in Missouri Statue's Theft

Posted: Jun 23, 2013 1:30 PM by KOMU Staff
Updated: Jun 23, 2013 1:30 PM

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) - A third suspect has been charged with stealing a 6-foot bronze statue from outside the National Frontier Trails Museum in suburban Kansas City and trying to sell it as scrap.

The Examiner in Independence reports that 29-year-old Randy Perez of Independence is charged with stealing property valued at $25,000 or more. The statue originally cost about $35,000.

Bond was set at $75,000 cash only. No attorney is listed for Perez in online court records.

Police say Perez and two others stole the statue, called "Pioneer Woman." It then was chopped up and beaten into scraps. Police say the trio then took the scraps to a metal recycler but were turned away when a worker noticed a portion of the statue's hand.

The scrap value would have been $578.

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