- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) - Cut-up pieces of a $120,000 bronze statue stolen from outside a Southeast Texas library have been recovered at a metal recycling center.

Port Arthur police said Friday no arrests had been made in the theft of the 300-pound sculpture “The Family.” The work portrays intertwined figures of adults and children.

The statue by artist David Cargill had been outside the Port Arthur Public Library since 1981 until going missing Feb. 27. Sgt. Scott Gaspard says scrap metal thieves could be to blame.

Police found much of the statue Tuesday at a recycling facility in neighboring Liberty County. Gaspard says police questioned several suspects, then found smaller pieces at some Port Arthur homes.

Police have documented the recovered pieces and returned them to the library for possible reconstruction.




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