SLC man offers reward for stolen statue

Posted at 9:31 PM, Apr 03, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-03 23:31:01-04

SALT LAKE CITY – The owner of a bronze statue stolen from a Salt Lake City courtyard is offering a reward for its return.

Grant Fairbanks, the owner of the statue, says the suspects sawed the statue off at the legs, almost destroying it.

The sculpture was made by his father Avard Fairbanks, a well-known sculptor who has created numerous works for LDS temples.

“This casting is very important because this is a premortem casting. In other words  a casting made before my father’s death which means it’s irreplaceable,” Fairbanks said.

Fairbanks says the statue is worth about $80,000. It’s about 5 feet tall of a boy holding a shell. He says it’s likely being sold for scrap metal.

He’s offering a reward of $2,000 for anyone who can return it. Anyone with information is asked to call 801-268-8838.