Head of stolen bronze statue recovered in Willimantic
By GREG SMITH
Posted Mar 24, 2010 @ 11:48 AM
Last update Mar 24, 2010 @ 02:51 PM
Norwich, Conn. —
Willimantic police have recovered the missing head of an historic bronze statue stolen from a Norwich cemetery and cut up for scrap metal, Norwich police announced today.
Willimantic Police Lt. Mary Beth Curtis said police received a call Tuesday from a man walking on a vacant property in Willimantic who discovered the statue’s head perched atop a stone wall. The head is en route to Norwich, Curtis said Wednesday.
Pieces of the 450-pound statue, minus the head, were recovered from a Willimantic scrap yard last month where it had been sold for about $200. The 120-year-old statue of a woman’s figure marked the grave of Sarah Osgood at the Yantic Cemetery on Lafayette Street in Norwich. It was first reported missing on Feb. 19.
Norwich police, who have worked cooperatively with Willimantic police, charged two men in connection with the theft. One of the men, Sean McNee, 43, of Willimantic, formerly worked installing gravestones for a company in Norwich, police said. Richard Chamberlain, 46, of Lebanon, also was charged.
Norwich police are holding the statue’s pieces as evidence in the ongoing court case.
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