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Trio faces charges for UNCW statue theft

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UNCW Police have warrants for three men wanted for stealing a bronze seahawk statue from campus last month.

Joseph Edward Berry, 21, of Hillsborough, Robert Joseph Touhey, 20, of Ocracoke, and Nicholas Ryan Siano, 19, of Wilmington face charges of felony larceny and misdemeanor injury to real property.

The statue, valued at about $70,000, was discovered broken off at the feet from its mount in front of the Warwick Center in early July.

Investigators Crime Stoppers of the Cape Fear got an anonymous tip Thursday, which was the day after UNCWPD released surveillance video of the theft. The tip led to the recovery of the statue in Greensboro. With the help of the University of North Carolina Greensboro Police Department, the statue returned to Wilmington Tuesday.


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