The Ottumwa Courier

September 20, 2013

Police arrest two in theft of Iowa sculpture

Ottumwa Courier

---- — DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police have arrested two people on suspicion of stealing a rare copper sculpture from a Des Moines yard and selling it for scrap.

The Des Moines Register reports ( that two men, both 53, are in custody and facing charges of first-degree theft.

Police say the men stole the abstract sculpture by the French artist Dominique Mercy sometime early Friday. The sculpture, valued at nearly $8,000, was found Monday scrap metal yard, but it had already been cut into pieces.

Police say the scrap yard's records show the men received less than $200 for the copper sculpture.


Information from: The Des Moines Register,