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Stolen statues returned to Key

Jason McMahon was arrested for the theft of the bronze statues.

MELISSA REID
Associate Publisher
mreid@lbknews.com

Longboat Key Police aided an investigation that caught the man allegedly responsible for stealing at least six statues to date on Longboat Key, as well as numerous others in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

Jason McMahon, 40, was arrested and charged with four counts of Grand Theft and three more charges filed at the State Attorneys Office this week. McMahon allegedly stole bronze statues around the area worth anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 while working for a pool service company.

During August and September 2012 the Longboat Key Police Department began investigating the thefts involving bronze statues, which were depictions of birds, children and various other designs. The investigation also involved the efforts of Sarasota and Manatee County Sheriff’s Detectives as well as Longboat Key Police and the victim of one of the crimes.

The investigation led officers and detectives to a Manatee County scrap yard where the statues were being sold as scrap. Longboat Police Chief Pete Cumming said that there are officers currently photographing several more sculptures at a scrapyard in Sarasota that officials believe may be part of the same stolen cache.

Cumming also said that more statues may be reported stolen as residents from up north return to Longboat Key for the winter and discover their statues gone. The investigation is ongoing and Longboat Key residents who are missing bronze statues or similar bronze or brass ornamentation are urged to contact the Police Department at 316-1977.

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