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Statue stolen from Wichita State in 1987 is recovered in Lamar, Missouri


A bronze statue of the poet Robert Frost returns home after it was stolen from the Wichita State University campus in 1987.  The $25,000 statue was found in a garage in Lamar, Missouri.

Wichita State University received a tip and campus police tracked the information to Missouri.

"Someone did provide some initial information,on where this might be and who may be in possession of it," says Sgt. Mike Watson of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The bronze statue was discovered in a garage on the corner of 1st and Poplar Street in Lamar, Missouri, 180 miles east of where it was taken from 25 years ago.

"It was actually located in the garage of a residence," says Sgt. Watson.  "As the investigators went up and actually looked in the garage they could see it in the garage."

The owner of the home was arrested and taken to Barton County jail in Lamar for receiving stolen goods.  Charges have yet to be filed and the open investigation limits what the Missouri Highway Patrol can divulge about the case.

A next door neighbor of the man accused tells us e was told it was all part of college prank.

"Him and some other friends, or another guy, they went up there and did it as a pledge thing, and he went into to it, knocked it over and grabbed it and ran off with it and had it ever since," says Chet Maynard.

"You have to realize that there may be consequences for the actions you take, whether it's driving, whether it's maybe playing a prank on a college or something, realize that there are consequences for your actions, and that at some point and time you may be held accountable for those," says Sgt. Watson.

Again, the Robert Frost statue is now back at home on the Wichita State University campus.

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