John Hammond Jr. and Jamie Lee Custer, both 31, were charged by State Police at the Reading barracks with the Sept. 24 theft of the 1,200-pound Angel of the Roses that once stood atop a pedestal at the National Center for Padre Pio in Berks County, the Philadelphia Enquirer reported Wednesday.
The duo allegedly took the 8-foot-tall statue, which police valued at between $60,000 and $100,000, and sold the cut-up pieces as scrap for a profit of $952.
The statue was cast during the 1930s and once greeted visitors to a public building in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The founder of the Padre Pio Centre, Vera Calandra, purchased the statue for $26,000 in 1999.
UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
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