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Caught on camera, man taking statue
10:11am Friday 4th October 2013 in News
CAUGHT ON CAMERA: The CCTV image released by a business owner in relation to the loss of this six-foot sculpture.
A SHOPKEEPER is hoping someone will be able to identify a man who stared straight at CCTV cameras as he carried off a sentimental sculpture.
Martin Smith has put up posters at Granny Smith convenience store, Woodleigh Road, Ledbury, with pictures of the man who took the £400 six ft sculpture.
He hopes someone will recognise the man so the piece can be returned to the shop, which is also the couple’s home.
Mr Smith, aged 46, noticed the sculpture had disappeared when he went to walk his dogs at 10.30am on Tuesday morning.
Checking through CCTV footage, he was astonished to see the man brazenly stare up at one of the security cameras he has dotted around his store before carrying the statue off.
“He’s looking right at the camera; staring at it.
“Ifpeople saw thevideo they would laugh at it – he seems like the most idiotic person you could meet.
“We have got signs everywhere saying we have got CCTV cameras that are in action 24 hours a day and the two cameras also stand out a mile. It is an all-singing, alldancing system and as far as I am concerned one of the best in the market.
“He is a total idiot – and that is putting it politely.”
The abstract sculpture is made of rock and is in the shape of two people kissing with a heart shape cut out of the centre. Mr Smith bought it at auction two years ago for his wife to mark their impending wedding.
He said: “It has more sentimental value than monetary value but it is such a distinctive item.
“It is possible the person took it for their own back garden or they are going to take it to somewhere like a car boot sale and try to sell it on.”
In the video, a man can be seen searching around the front of the shop and peering through the kitchen windows before taking the statue.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at about 12.20am on Tuesday morning or recognises the man should contact the police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference number 115S011013.a
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