ZIONSVILLE, Ind. — A Thomas Kinkade bronze sculpture of Jesus Christ was stolen out of an Indiana gallery, and the gallery owner has little to go on.
The sculpture is a collector’s item and estimated to be worth $7,500. Only 30 of that kind were ever crafted by Kinkade.
Owner Barbara Jennings said the weekend it was stolen was busy, with Small Business Saturday and the Zionsville parade. She said there’s no telling how many people came through her doors, looked at the paintings, and spent time in her shop.
“We were maybe so busy, we weren’t always attentive to every person who was in the gallery at all times,” she said.
Jennings suspects the theft happened sometime Saturday, Nov. 29.
Her staff didn’t notice until Tuesday that the twenty pound sculpture of Jesus Christ was missing.
“I walked in the room where the sculpture was, and there’s an empty space,” said Rhonda Crawshaw, gallery manager.
Thomas Kinkade crafted thirty bronze “Prince of Peace” sculptures, starting in 2006. The one snatched from Zionsville was number eight, according to Jennings.
She said it was a show piece for the gallery, and she is troubled by the theft.
“You get punched in the gut, that sort of feeling,” she said, “It’s hard to describe.”
The crook didn’t touch a praying hands sculpture nearby. Cameras inside the business were not shooting in the direction of the sculpture, either. Police reported the sculpture as they would any other piece of stolen property, so if someone tried to pawn it, then authorities will know. Jennings said she alerted gallery owners across the country in case someone tries to sell it back.
“What sort of person would steal Christ? That’s how I felt,” said Barbara Jennings, the owner.