Police arrest man after theft of statues
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.