from the SD Union-Tribune and the Associated Press
Art thieves targeting statues in San Diego County
The North County Times says the thieves have stolen nearly $44,000 worth of lawn art since October. Most of the thefts occurred in San Marcos and Ramona.
The artworks included Buddha yard statues, a life-sized aluminum colt, a 3-foot-tall statue of the Virgin Mary and a copper statue of three children that's valued at $15,000.
Sgt. Christina Bavencoff says detectives suspect that the metal works may have been broken up and sold to recyclers while the other pieces may have been resold.