Police recover historic hand-carved eagle statues stolen from U.S. Custom House

Two rare eagle sculptures that were stolen in Portland.
Portland Police Department
Two rare eagle sculptures that were stolen in Portland.
Posted Oct. 26, 2012, at 4:37 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — One day after Portland police announced that two antique, hand-carved wooden eagle statues had been stolen from the U.S. Custom House in the city, the eagles were found.

Police reported on Friday afternoon that the eagles were located in the Ocean Gateway parking garage at 167 Fore St.

“The garage is just a few blocks from the Custom House where the theft occurred,” reads a police department update. “The eagles appear undamaged and may have been in the garage for several days. Police received several tips from the public following media coverage of the theft. The speedy recovery of these valuable antique sculptures is credited to media coverage and assistance from the public.”

The eagles, each about three feet tall and two and a half feet wide, are 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 Custom House, at 312 Fore St., is undergoing renovations, and investigators say the statues were stolen from the site on Oct. 20 or 21. The department’s announcement Thursday claimed that there were no signs of forced entry at the site.

Police are continuing to investigate the theft in an effort to determine who was responsible, and urge anyone with information about the theft to call 874-8533.

Anonymous tips may 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.

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