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Stolen figure of homeless Jesus found smashed

DOWNTOWN WEST (AP) — A 400-pound Homeless Jesus statue stolen from in front of the closed New Life Evangelistic Center has been found, but it had been cut into pieces.

Rev. Larry Rice

The bronze statue of Jesus sleeping on a bench was stolen March 5 from the former homeless shelter at 1411 Locust Street. The Rev. Larry Rice said Thursday that surveillance video showed a man selling the statue to somebody in a scrapyard parking lot. He said police in East St. Louis recognized the man.

Rice said pieces of the statue had been found Monday at the man’s home. No arrests have been made.

Rice sees an inspirational Easter message in the ordeal. He said the broken pieces “represent the broken lives we work with daily, that are put together through the power of the resurrected Christ.”

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