This statue was reported stolen in East Lansing. (Courtesy LSJ)
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM/Lansing State Journal) - A $7,000 bronze statue of Saint Francis of Assisi is missing in Grand Rapids. The statue, roughly 16 inches tall, was removed from its base outdoors at the Dominican Center. The theft was reported on June 9.
The statue was installed in October. Several statues have been placed along a walkway that has spots for walkers to meditate. The walkway, named for Grand Rapids philanthropist Peter Wege, opened in 2011 after donors gave hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Scrap yards and pawn shops have been asked to watch for anyone trying to sell the statue.
Meanwhile, a bronze sculpture valued at $50,000 is missing from downtown East Lansing, and police are asking for information about its disappearance.
Known as the "Laura" sculpture, the 30-inch statue of a little girl holding a bird was reported stolen from the Children's Sculpture Garden on the northeast corner of Albert and M.A.C. avenues this morning, East Lansing police said.
The department also is investigating the theft of a bronze duck sculpture from the same location in early September. Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call East Lansing police at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-ELPD-TIP.