Historic hand-carved eagle statues stolen from U.S. Custom House, Portland police say

Posted Oct. 25, 2012, at 6:23 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Two historic and hand-carved wooden eagle statues were stolen from Portland’s Custom House building last weekend, city police announced Thursday.

The eagles, each about three feet tall and two and a half feet wide, were painted gold and estimated to be worth $50,000 combined. According to a police announcement Thursday, “they are thought to be original to the building and date to around 1863.”

“The building is closed and undergoing extensive renovation,” the announcement continued, in part. “The eagles were stolen from the building’s Grand Lobby sometime between Oct. 20 and Oct. 21. There are no signs of forced entry.”

The Custom House is located at 312 Fore St. The Federal Protective Service is aiding the Portland Police Department in the investigation of the theft. Police are urging anyone with information about the theft or the whereabouts of the eagle statues to call 874-8533.

Anonymous tips can also be submitted by text message using the keyword “GOTCHA,” followed by the tip, to the number 274637 — CRIMES — or through the department website Portland-Police.com.