The theft of a two metre-high bronze sculpture from a public
walkway in central Wellington has been labelled "a bit of a
mystery" by police.
The sculpture was removed from the walkway between Victoria
Street and Chews Lane - opposite the Central Wellington
police station - in the "weeks leading up to 18 March",
The 120kg sculpture has been valued at $65,000.
So far, inquiries with art dealers and auction houses have
turned up nothing.
"It is all a bit of a mystery as the sculpture is almost two
metres tall and weighs around 120 kilograms so it would have
taken some planning to remove without anyone noticing,"
Detective Constable Bryan Miller said.
"It is too heavy for most people to lift so whoever has taken
it would have had to use a trolley or something else to move
"Given how distinctive it is we believe someone will either
recognise the sculpture or remember people talking about it.
We aren't ruling out the possibility that it has been taken
simply for the value of the metal it was made of," Mr Miller
Scrap metal dealers who know of people wanting to trade
"significant quantities of copper" should contact police, he
Anyone with any information should contact Wellington Police
on (04) 381 2000. Information can also be provided
anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.