- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

EL CERRITO, Calif. (AP) - Police are looking for clues in the robbery of a 300-pound replica of a Chinese warrior stolen from the porch of a Northern California home.

The Contra Costa Times reports Tuesday (https://bayareane.ws/1SARMXG ) the statue was a cherished memento of a vacation for an El Cerrito family. Whoever took in the middle of the night had to carry it down 15 steps of a narrow stairway.

Joel Ouye says the family had the statue made during a summer 2012 vacation in China and that he sat for photographs so artists could create a head and face similar to his.

The family received the statue in a crate six months later and decided to place it on the front porch due to its size. It was stolen last week.

El Cerrito Police Lt. Robert De La Campa said police took a report but have no clues.


Information from: The Contra Costa Times, https://www.contracostatimes.com

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