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Thief steals life-size NC statue of children at play

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Authorities say a 3-feet-tall bronze statue worth $50,000 was stolen from a Charlotte children’s center.

The Charlotte Observer reports the statue of three children playing in the rain was the centerpiece of a flower garden at the Easter Seals UCP Children’s Center.

Officials say a thief cut the water line and jerked “Splash” from the concrete sometime between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

Easter Seals UCP community director Betsy Dailey says police believe someone stole the statue to melt the bronze and sell the metal for $300 to $400.

The statue was a gift from Irwin and Carol Belk in 2002, for the center’s 40th anniversary. Currently, 65 children ages six weeks through pre-kindergarten attend the center, including 29 with disabilities. One child in the statue wore a brace.

Credit: The Associated Press.

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