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South Auck­land po­lice have solved a sphinx-like rid­dle and tracked down the owner of three stolen stat­ues. It in­cludes two Egyp­tian-themed or­na­ments and one of a lit­tle girl hold­ing a bas­ket of flow­ers.The heavy stone sculp­tures were found on a res­i­dent’s front lawn in Hill Cres­cent, Pa­pakura last month. Sergeant An­thony Cur­tain says the stat­ues are very heavy and ‘‘not the sort of thing one per­son could pick up by them­selves’’. Po­lice posted images of the or­na­ments on so­cial me­dia and soon tracked down the owner. They be­longed to an el­derly Pa­p­a­toe­toe lady. A fam­ily friend saw the post on Face­book and recog­nised them be­long­ing to her.

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