Thursday, August 02, 2007

Stolen Vulcan recovered, man arrested, inside job

Corvallis, Oregon USA - Corvallis police recovered a statue stolen in June from Delta Chi fraternity at Oregon State University and arrested a suspect in the theft on Tuesday.

The 3-foot-tall bronze statue of the Roman god Vulcan was stolen from Delta Chi the night of June 10, and has been estimated to be worth as much as $100,000.

Corvallis police received a phone call Tuesday, after a newspaper article announced the fraternity's insurance company was offering a $5,000 reward for the statue's safe return, or for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of the thief.

According to police, the person who called was someone who had knowledge of who had taken the statue and where it was being kept. Acting on information from the phone tip, detectives went to a private residence in the 400 block of Northwest 10th Street, and recovered the statue, which was hidden in the basement.

Corvallis Gazette

NOTE: The model of the Vulcan statue above is believed to be based on the world's largest cast iron statue, of VULCAN, modelled by Giuseppe Moretti (1857—1935) and made as the entry of Birmingham, Alabama, for the 1904 St Louis world fair.

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