SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake City police are looking for a $24,000 bronze statue they say was stolen from the Carmen B. Pingree Center for Children with Autism.
The artwork is titled "Beyond the Garden" and depicts a boy with a butterfly at the end of his finger. It was reported missing Tuesday afternoon from the facility near the University of Utah.
Officials say it appears someone sawed the statue of at its toes and detached it from its concrete base. The butterfly apparently broke off during the heist and was found nearby.
Valley Mental Health spokesman Christopher Katis tells ABC 4 (http://bit.ly/yHJWaD) that Dennis Smith was commissioned to sculpt the statue in 2002. He says the statue has symbolism because teachers at the center often refer to their students as "little butterflies."