Sandy Springs police said someone stole a bronze statue of $ 12,500 in a local arts center and is probably trying to recycle for cash .
The Fulton County officials told Channel 2 ‘s Mike Petchenik statue has been a staple in Annex Abernathy Arts Center since its opening in 2001.
” It’s a small boy, about 8 years old , walking to art class ,” said Jeffry Loy , curator of Arts program Fulton County Public . ” He’s wearing his easel, his brushes , his paint. ”
Petchenik Loy said the project was commissioned to coincide with the opening of arts center annex . Loy said this marks the first robbery in the public art program since it began 18 years ago.
“It is a great tragedy that is missing , and they all feel they are losing a part of your family,” he said.
Loy said he believes someone drove to the property and deliberately rammed the statue with a truck to pry from his pedestal.
“People are taking what they think they can make money ( with ) without taking into account any sentimental value ,” said Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose. “Whoever it was probably going to try to recycle it. ”
Recyclers are paying about $ 1.50 per pound bronze at Loy believes the statue could raise between $ 300 and $ 350.