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10-foot sculpture stolen from Topeka church

Published on -10/4/2012, 3:24 PM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Topeka police are looking for a 10-foot-tall bronze statue called "Forgiven Man" after it was stolen from a church.

The statue was stolen early Wednesday from a memorial garden in front of the First Congregational Church. Police say they received a call from a witness who saw two men load the statue into a pickup truck.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/StCMAU ) police say the bronze statue is worth $10,000. The thieves also did about $400 damage to a concrete bench and sign at the church.

The church's pastor, Tobias Schlingensiepen (shling-ehn-SEE'-pehn), says he believes the statute is worth more than $10,000.

Schlingensiepen is the Democratic nominee for the 2nd Congressional District seat. But he says he's sure the theft had nothing to do with politics.

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