Two suspects identified, one of them arrested in stolen statue case
DONNELLSON — According to residents in the Donnellson area, when the bronze statue was stolen from Railroad Park it was heartbreaking. And, although the statue is not back where it should be, the two people responsible for taking it have been identified.
According to a press release from West Point/Donnellson Police Chief Brad Roberts, following an investigation concerning the missing statue, arrest warrants were issued Tuesday for Skylah Christine Beach, 25, 2618 Evergreen Dr., and Gregory Michael Crall Jr., 32, 1101 Walnut St., both of Burlington.
During the past week, an investigation gave officers the information to obtain arrest warrants needed to make the arrests.
Beach was arrested Wednesday at a residence in Burlington and transported to the Lee County Jail, where she is being held to see a judge. She is charged with second degree theft. If convicted, Beach could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.
In the press release Roberts states, “In the early morning hours of July 23rd, suspects stole a bronze statue from Railroad Park in Donnellson. The statue, valued at over $4,000, was labeled ‘Lazy Days’ and located in a flower bed in the park. Suspects tied a chain around the statue, and drug the statue from its location, north on Main Street to a gravel road in Lee County, where the statue was broken into pieces. Suspects later drove to a scrap recycling center south of Mt. Pleasant, and were issued checks for the items.”
Roberts said the statue was destroyed beyond repair, and he did not know if it could be replaced.
Also, a few days prior to the Donnellson statue theft, a bronze statue was stolen from Van Buren County at Lacey Keosauqua State Park. Van Buren County Sheriff Dan Tedrow was not available for comment at the time of publication.
The Donnellson Police Department was assisted in the investigation by the West Point Police Department, the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, and the Lee County Attorney’s Office.