Vandals steal head of South Berwick statue

By Amanda Beland, Foster's Daily Democrat
Posted March 23, 2012, at 5:39 a.m.

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Police are looking for information concerning damage to a statue worth more than $10,000, and the theft of the statue’s head after the artwork was broken.

Lt. Chris Burbank said police received the vandalism report Tuesday morning at the historic Hamilton House gardens on Vaughan’s Lane.

Upon arrival, they found a marble statue of what appeared to be a woman shattered on the ground. Burbank said the statue was encased in a wooden box to protect it from the seasonal elements at the time of the criminal mischief act.

The statue was “far too heavy” for the wind to knock it down, according to Burbank, and would have had to been pushed from its position in the gardens.

Along with the shattering of the statue, the suspects also stole the marble head of the woman once the statue had shattered. The statue is estimated by police to be worth between $10,000 and $15,000.

Burbank said police are looking for any information concerning the incident, including information on individuals seen in the Hamilton House area on Sunday or Monday.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to call the South Berwick Police at 207-384-2254.

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