UNCG students accused of stealing Seahawk statue from UNCW

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Two students at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro are among three people accused of stealing a Seahawk statue from UNCW’s campus.

Joseph Edward Berry, 21, of Hillsborough, Robert Joseph Touhey, 20, of Ocracoke, and Nicholas Ryan Siano, 19, of Wilmington, face charges in the incident.

Berry and Touhey are currently enrolled at UNC-Greensboro.

The three suspects are accused of stealing the bronze statue off its mount at the Wilmington campus in early July, according to WWAY.

The statue is reportedly valued at about $70,000. It was discovered missing on July 5.

The statue is three feet tall and weighs about 75 pounds, according to StarNewsOnline. The school reportedly hired a sculptor to make it in 1998, costing the university about $37,000.

UNCG police said the statue was found Aug. 21 at an off-campus residence.

UNCG Police Major Paul Lester said the students will be subject to the UNCG code of conduct and the dean of students will decide on what disciplinary action they could face.

Police said they do not have a motive for the incident.

Video footage reportedly shows the suspects taking the statue, which has since been returned to UNCW.

UNCW police said they were tipped about the suspects after recently releasing the footage.

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