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Heavy loot in bizarre theft

Thursday, 3rd December, 2015

Steeline branch manager Jordon Bartley said the theft had staff scratching their heads in wonder. Steeline branch manager Jordon Bartley said the theft had staff scratching their heads in wonder.

By Darrin Manuel

Brazen thieves have pulled off one of the most bizarre thefts of recent times by stealing three giant cement statues from the Steeline Centre.

The Rakow Street business was robbed over the weekend, with thieves cutting the property’s side fence and presumably loading the statues onto a waiting trailer.

One statue shows a dragon perched atop a castle, another is a seated Indian with a headdress holding a pipe, and the third, the largest, features an eagle perched on a log.

Although the statues’ combined value is around $600, branch manager Jordon Bartley said he was baffled as to why thieves would expend so much energy to steal them.

Drag marks on the ground inside the business show that they had badly underestimated the weight of their loot, especially in the case of the giant eagle.

The eagle statue is over a metre high and weighs around 150kg, and Mr Bartley said the thieves had either dropped or badly damaged the statue as pieces of it were found at the scene.

“The eagle has really got us stumped. It’s just so big and heavy, we never would have thought one of those would go missing,” he said.

“I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Mr Bartley said no similar statues had been sold since the theft and, given their distinct design, they should be easy to spot if they suddenly appear somewhere in the city.

Police are investigating the incident, and anyone with information is asked to call the Steeline Centre on 8087 9899 or the local police station.

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