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Bronze statues returned to Redding

The Associated Press

REDDING, Calif. ' Two stolen bronze statues discovered last month in Sams Valley were returned Friday to their home in Caldwell Park.

The life-size statues of two boys were stolen Feb. 5 from the park. They were recovered two weeks later by a Central Point man who found them outside a Sams Valley storage shed.

According to the (Redding) Record Searchlight, the statues were greeted by cheers and shouts by passers-by who witnessed the bronze boys being secured back in place on Friday.

After being located in Sams Valley, each of the statues had a leg repaired, according to the newspaper.

The February theft was not the first time vandals have targeted the Balancing Act sculpture that includes the statues. One of the boys was stolen in September 2003, only to be found a few days later in the park, the newspaper reported.

— To prevent future thefts, Redding city officials have welded stainless steel rods inside the legs of the statues. A surveillance camera is now keeping watch over the sculpture, according to the newspaper.

The sculpture is valued at about &


The February theft prompted a multi-agency search that included a California Highway Patrol helicopter.