BELLEVILLE, Il (KMOX)-A $500 reward is being offered for the return of a nine-foot-tall, steel and stained glass sculpture that was stolen from the Lindenwood University campus in Belleville.
Belleville Police Captain Don Sax tells KMOX the piece, called “The Glass Tower, ” was taken off its base outside the campus Welcome Center last Thursday, between 2:15 a.m.and 2:45 a.m., “The concrete pad appeared to have bolts sticking up out of it, so it had to be secured to the pad so I have to assume the persons who took part in taking this spent a little bit of time taking it.”
Surveillance video shows two men carrying the sculpture to a small silver or gray pickup.
Sax says there’s no indication why it was targeted, “It could have just been a theft, somebody was looking for the steel in it to scrap it. It could have just as easily been a prank.” University Dean of Students Dr. Angela Wingo fears it has, or will be, sold for scrap, “I would think they could cut it up into pieces, discard the stained glass from it and take in the metal pieces.” Wingo says local scrap metal buyers have been alerted to the theft.
Lindenwood officials say “The Glass Tower” is a work by Brother Mel Meyer, of the Marianist Art Galleries, located on the campus of St. John Vianney High School in Kirkwood, Mo. It is made of angular blocks of stainless steel and dale de verre colored glass. It is valued between $6,500-$8,500.
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