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Bronze prices up, thieves stealing New England sculptures

DORSET-At a time when metals prices are soaring, theft of all base metals is on the rise across the globe.

As a result of several recent incidents in Vermont and New Hampshire, residents reported the thefts of cast bronze sculptures from gardens and backyards.

Jennifer Sunderland, director of the Four Corners Art Center in Tiverton, N.H., reported said it took four criminals to carry the sculpture of a woman, 'Embrace of Life II' by artist Mimi Sammis, from a truck when it was installed last spring, but thieves managed to take it unnoticed from its metal base this week, the Providence Journal reported last week.

Vermont State Police made contact with Sheila Frantz, owner of a residence on Danby Mountain Road in Dorset. She advised unknown persons stole a bronze, life-sized sculpture of a woman with her arms extended. She further advised this crime occurred between March and April 2010.

Vermont State Police Lt. Patrick Jones said several investigators are in contact with local scrap metal companies in case thieves attempt to sell stolen bronze art for the value of the bronze.

The Four Corners sculpture has an estimated value of $30,000.

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