Independence police want to question 2 men in $75K statue theft - KCTV5

Independence police want to question 2 men in $75K statue theft

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Independence police say they want to question two men about the theft of the iconic statue outside the National Trails Museum.

Police released photos of the two men dragging a large tub. The men seem to be in a Mercury Tracer wagon. A woman appears to be with the two men, who are being called persons of interest.

Thieves stole the museum's iconic Pioneer Woman statue over the weekend, and replacing it would cost an estimated $75,000.

Museum officials believe copper thieves sought the 6-foot tall bronze statue and intend to break it up and sell it. Independence police didn't say whether they believe the statue is still intact or has been turned into scrap.

A $5,000 reward is being offered for the safe return of the statue, and a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

The statue was commissioned for the museum's opening in 1990. It cost $35,000 at the time but would cost $75,000 to replace it now.

The Pioneer Woman depicts a woman carrying a child in one arm and a bucket in the other. The majority of the sculpture is blue with the exception of the faces, hands, hair and feet, which are bronze-color. The statue was intended to be a tribute to all the pioneer mothers of the past and their daughters of today.

If you have any information, call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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