Man charged, stolen bronze statue recovered in pieces, Kansas City Parks says

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. –Prosecutors charge a man in connection with a 400-pound bronze statue stolen from a Kansas City fountain earlier this week.

Charles Fuentes, 56, was charged with receiving stolen property. He is held on $25,000 bond.

KC Parks said the statue has been located, but it was cut into pieces before it was recovered.

Police are still investigating the crime. If you have any additional information that can help in their investigation, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

The statue depicting an Osage woman was stolen from the Francois Chouteau and Native American Heritage Fountain sometime from Aug. 2-4. Parks crews noticed the statue was missing Wednesday morning.

The statue cost $80,000 and weighs 400 pounds. It sat on a 12-foot high bluff, so the city speculates someone had to climb the bluff or use a ladder to reach the statue.

“It’s not something that you can just grab and carry away,” Mark McHenry, member of the Chouteau Fountain Founders Organization, said. “It would take a piece of equipment. If they got it down off of the bluff, which they must have, they would have had to have a truck or something to transport.”

Editor’s note: A KC Parks representative said suspects were in custody in this case, but a KCPD spokesperson could not immediately confirm that information. FOX4 has updated this story.

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