Statues stolen from Q.E. park recovered
Published Wednesday, August 13, 2008 12:09PM PDT
Police have recovered the bronze statue stolen from Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Park nearly two months ago.
The popular life-sized bronze statue, called "the photo session," was stolen in June by metal thieves.
The statue was found in a vacant field in Aldergrove.
Police aren't saying how it was discovered, but say the investigation was assisted by several detachments.
Also recovered were two of six bronze plaques stolen from the lookout at QE Park, as well as eight copper post caps.
The statues appear to be in good condition.
It was feared the statues would be melted down for money.
In early July, police released surveillance footage of a woman who appeared to be trying to sell one of the plaques at a metal dealer. She was questioned by police but released without charges.
The sculpture was given to the park in 1984 by American artist John Seward Johnson Jr. Johnson is known for his life-sized statues of people engaged in day-to-day activities.
Police blame the increase of metal theft in the Lower Mainland on the rising price of metal. With prices for copper averaging around four dollars a pound "the photo session" would fetch around $5,000 in pawn shops.
Police will look over the items before they are reinstalled at Queen Elizabeth Park.