Louisville man accused of scrapping statue stolen from Cave Hill Cemetery
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they've arrested a man who sold a bronze statue for scrap -- a bronze statue that police say had been stolen from Cave Hill Cemetery.
Nicholas H. Boston, age 34, was taken into custody Wednesday just before 6 p.m. Police say the statue he sold was a depiction of birds on a tree branch.
He allegedly scrapped the statue at the ISA recycling facility, located on Grade Lane near Melton Avenue.
The statue was worth more than $500, police say.
Boston was charged with receipt of stolen property.
It's not the first time Boston has been in the news. On Nov. 26, he faced a judge for a similar charge stemming from a separate incident in which he was accused of scrapping property taken from the Calvary Cemetery on Newburg Road, near Eastern Pkwy.
According to an arrest warrant, an unidentified suspect took multiple items -- including artwork and statuary -- from grave sites at the cemetery. One of the items stolen was a limited edition statue that was being used as a grave marker.
That statue was worth $7,500, according to police.
Police say that on Oct. 21, Boston arrived at ISA Recycling on Grade Lane, near Melton Avenue, and produced the statue to be scrapped. Officers recovered surveillance images of the transaction, as well as a copy of Boston's identification and his receipt.
A warrant was issued for his arrest on Nov. 15 in connection with that incident. He was taken into custody on Monday, Nov. 25, and was charged with receipt of stolen property.
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