Po­lice ar­rest man after theft of stat­ues

Palm Beach Daily News - - TODAY - By EL­LIOTT WENZLER

A man was ar­rested in Palm Beach on Fri­day after po­lice say he stole two stat­ues from res­i­dents’ homes and sold them to a scrap metal dealer.

Chris­tian Ou­vrard, 30, who once lived in Lake Worth but doesn’t have a per­ma­nent ad­dress, was charged with two counts each of grand theft, deal­ing in stolen prop­erty and false ver­i­fi­ca­tion of prop­erty own­er­ship, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Palm Beach po­lice were first dis­patched to a home in the 200 block of Co­coanut Row on Thurs­day in re­sponse to a theft of a statue from a res­i­dent’s front pa­tio.

The metal statue, of a young boy hold­ing a frog, went miss­ing from the home while the owner was away for about two hours, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

The next day, a 6-foot­tall bronze statue of a frog val­ued at $15,000 was re­ported stolen from a nearby home. The res­i­dents of the home in the 400 block of Sea­spray Av­enue re­ported that the statue had been taken from in­side the home, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

A fam­ily mem­ber said Ou­vrard had vis­ited the home, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

When Ou­vrard re­turned to the home later that day, po­lice were called to in­ves­ti­gate.

Po­lice said Ou­vrard ad­mit­ted to steal­ing both stat­ues and bring­ing them to a metal re­cy­cling cen­ter called “We Buy Scraps” in West Palm Beach. A store em­ployee con­firmed to po­lice that the cen­ter bought the stat­ues from Ou­vrard, pay­ing $48 for the boy hold­ing the frog and $188 for the frog.

Po­lice said Tues­day the store had not yet scrapped the stat­ues and of­fi­cers planned to re­turn them to their own­ers.

Ou­vrard re­mains in the jail on Gun Club Road with a bond set at $20,000, ac­cord­ing to court records.

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