ST. LOUIS– A stolen statue of Jesus has been found, but not whole. Larry Rice with the New Life Evangelistic Center says the statue was broken into pieces after trying to be sold at a scrapyard.
The statue of Jesus as a homeless man sleeping on a bench was taken from the New Life Evangelistic Center in St. Louis last Friday. It is valued at $33,000.
Rice says someone tried to sell it to a north St. Louis scrapyard but the owner wouldn’t accept it because he said it was stolen.
Rice says the thieves then sold it to an East St. Louis man who frequents the scrapyard. He says he called police who tracked the man down and found the statue in pieces.
There is no word on charges related to the theft.
Rice says he is looking into restoring the statue. He says he has talked with the statue’s manufacturer and a restoration company in St. Louis.
He says he wants to put the statue back together so it can now represent how the church helps the broken lives of its members through the powers of Christ.