OKLAHOMA CITY—Police in Oklahoma City have their hands full looking for the owner of a possibly stolen brass statue.
Jimmy Nanez, the manager at Metal Check, said, “It seems very valuable to me, $3,000 to $4,000 worth of brass.”
The statue has been cut up and almost sold but the folks at Metal Check didn’t buy the now scrap metal, or the story the man who brought it in told them.
Nanez said, “He really couldn’t give us a good answer where he got it from. He said it was his and he bumped it with his car, and so he cut it all up and brought it up here. The story didn’t make sense though so we called the police.”
Investigators are now working to find out the facts behind the statue.
Marin Stupka, Oklahoma City Police Department, said, “If it’s clear, they get paid. If not, they get arrested… I filed charges on him last month for stealing a metal shelf and he’s also the suspect of stealing some metal pipes last month, too.”
Workers say it doesn’t add up to have a brass statue worth a few thousand dollars, only to cut it up and sell it for a few hundred.
Nanez said, “It just doesn’t make sense that somebody would be getting rid of this.”
He added, “This is not the kind of business we’re in. We’re in the business to buy and sell scrap, not buy and sell stolen stuff.”
If you have any information on the statue, you are asked to call Oklahoma City police.