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Once Virgin Mary statue was lost, now she’s found

by Brad A. Greenberg

November 19, 2008 | 10:34 pm

Photo: OC Register

Remember when thieves stole that eight-foot-tall statue of Jesus in Detroit? Well, over the weekend his mother got similar treatment in Newport Beach, where a $30,000 bronze statue of the mother of God was swiped.

The statue was returned today to Our Lady Queen of the Angels Church after a Tustin woman returned from vacation to find the little greenish lady sitting on her lawn like a garden gnome. The OC Register reports:

The resident noticed the statue when returning home from vacation on Monday, but didn’t know what to do with it until she saw a photo and news article in the Orange County Register newspaper at about 6:30 this morning. The resident immediatly called police, who picked up the statue.

The statue was not damaged.

Obviously, the resident didn’t have any interest in keeping it, and once she found out it was stolen property, she notified us,” said Newport Beach police Lt. Craig Fox.

The resident’s teenage son had a gathering at their house over the weekend, and one of his guests may have been involved in bringing it to the Tustin yard, Fox said.

Police said because it is an ongoing theft case, they could not release the names of the people who reported the item stolen.

“The son had no explanation for it,” Fox said. “The resident is cooperating as best they can. They’re trying to find out how it got in the yard and who took it.”

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