Call him Alexander the Swiped.
The 4- to 5-foot-high bronze statue of the legendary Macedonian conqueror was knocked from his granite pedestal in Roslindale and hauled away by crooks on Monday or Tuesday, a crime that was not reported until yesterday, police said.
“I’m outraged,” Mayor Thomas Menino said last night. “It’s a shame that somebody would have the mental state to want to steal the statue.”
The 300- to 400-pound statue was a given to the city in April 1997 by the mayor of Athens, Greece, Dimitris Avramopoulos, to symbolize a tie between the Greek city and Boston, often called the Athens of America.
“We have a very close relationship with the mayor of Athens,” Menino said. “I have to call him tomorrow and tell him that this great gift has been stolen.”
Locals called the crime immature.
“I don’t know why you’d want to steal a statue,” said Bianca Lafontant, 19, of Roslindale standing near Roslindale Village. “What are you going to do with it?”
Police would not comment on the motive, however the statue heist comes on the heels of a Lawrence crime where crooks stole bronze cannons from the gravestone of the city’s first Civil War casualty, Sumner H. Needham.
“I think it was a couple of high school kids who took it as a senior prank,” said Francesca Etienne, 15, of Roslindale.
The statue was surrounded by a small courtyard called “Alexander the Great Park” decorated with Greek columns and partially enclosed by a heavy black metal fence.
A sign posted near the statue warns potential trouble makers that the area is monitored by cameras. Police would not say whether or not they have video of the crime.
And just to prove how truly slow a news week it is, here's a followup to this slow newsweek story from CBS:
The four- to five-foot bronze statue of Alexander the Great weighing as much as 400 pounds that was thought to be stolen from Roslindale Square was actually out for repairs, according to a man who says he was called to fix the statue.
Charlie Zgonis, owner of the Olympia Marble and Granite in Needham says his company was called the Saint Nectarios Church in Roslindale to come and fix the bust of "Alexander the Great."
"We found out it was missing last night," said Zgonis. "The worker that's doing the work called me up, you know, 'It's all over the news!…I'm watching Channel 4 and every over channel has it that it's missing.'"
The statue is described a four to five foot bronze statue weighing between 300 - 400 pounds, according to a Boston police press release.
Zgonis says the granite at the base of the bust was loose and church officials were afraid the statue's head was going to be stolen. Zgonis apparently donated the marble and granite for the base when the statue was dedicated in 1997.
According to Zgonis, his company has not been able to bring the bust back because of all the wet weather we've been having. Zgonis expects to have the statue back at the church by Tuesday.
On Friday Boston Police filed an incident report stating that sometime between November 13, 2006 and November 14, 2006 the statue was stolen.
"I've talked to the detectives and police and all of us had a good laugh," said Zgonis.
In other news, we've confirmed that the Parthenon remains in Athens and the Colosseum remains in Rome. Talks continue.