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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 18, 2018

CCC statue stolen, recovered

Sheriff arrests one after bronze statue stolen from Lacey-Keosauqua State Park this week
By Nicole Major, Ledger staff writer | Jul 27, 2017
Source: submitted The statue depicting a Civilian Conservation Corps worker at Lacey-Keosauqua State Park was stolen earlier this week.

A statue of a Civilian Conservation Corps worker that was stolen earlier this week from Lacey-Keosauqua State Park has been recovered, and an arrest was made Wednesday in Henry County in connection with the theft.

Van Buren County Sheriff Dan Tedrow said that someone stole the 450-pound bronze statue by breaking it at the feet.

“They drug it to the side of the road and loaded it onto a vehicle,” Tedrow said.

The statue of the CCC worker was erected in the park in July of 2010 to commemorate the 46,000 men who participated in the CCC program in Iowa. The CCC was established in the early 1930s during the Great Depression after the 73rd Congress established Senate Bill S. 598 to authorize emergency conservation work because 9 million acres of farmland had been lost to erosion.

“It was recovered in Davenport. Someone had cut it up. It was missing one arm that held an ax,” Tedrow said. “Numerous pieces of it had gone to a metal recycling company in Peoria, Illinois. But they had shipped it over to their main plant in Davenport.”

After receiving an anonymous tip that the statue might have been in Peoria, Tedrow said the sheriff’s office contacted the authorities there, and sent investigators to BEHR Iron & Metal (an Alter Company) in Peoria.

“They were amazing. They bent over backward to help,” he said of BEHR. “They put a hold on it at their main factory in Davenport so that it wouldn’t be destroyed. But unfortunately, it was already cut up when it came to them from Mt. Pleasant.”

Tedrow said the paper trail led to a Philip Grandinetti of Grandinetti Metal Recycling in Mt. Pleasant.

“I made contact with the individual and asked him [Wednesday] to come down so that we could determine who sold it to him,” Tedrow said, adding that Grandinetti refused to cooperate.

“We just wanted to track down who sold this $20,000 statue to him,” Tedrow said.

According to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Grandinetti was arrested Wednesday in connection with the theft. The Ledger was unable to reach the Henry County Sheriff for comment before deadline.

Tedrow said that Grandinetti bonded out that same day.

“He was arrested and brought to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office in Mt. Pleasant on a warrant from our county. It’s my understanding that he made his bond and was released,” he said. “The investigation is ongoing.”

An arrested subject is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

The Ledger reached out to Grandinetti today, but was unable to reach him before press time.

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