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(The Tennessean)   Stolen statue likely in pieces, police say. This is a bust, you guys   (tennessean.com) divider line 21
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2013-01-06 09:52:43 AM
Some things never change, IOW, this is not a new phenomenon.  It's why we have so few few full sized bronze statues fro antiquity.  The melted down metal was deemed more valuable than the art itself.  Melt it down, recast it as weapons, tools, coins, ingots.
 
2013-01-06 10:26:42 AM
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2013-01-06 01:01:41 PM

Aulus: Some things never change, IOW, this is not a new phenomenon.  It's why we have so few few full sized bronze statues fro antiquity.  The melted down metal was deemed more valuable than the art itself.  Melt it down, recast it as weapons, tools, coins, ingots.


ancientworldwonders.com
 
2013-01-06 01:03:58 PM
Better then the shait going on around here. The thieves have been stealing bronze urns from graveyards and scrapping them. Dumbasses get caught every time.
 
2013-01-06 01:05:21 PM
These meth addled tweakers are disassembling this country bit by bit.
 
2013-01-06 01:06:56 PM

Aulus: The melted down metal was deemed more valuable than the art itself.  Melt it down, recast it as weapons, tools, coins, ingots.


More like some idiot's meth fix was more valuable than anything else in our world.
 
2013-01-06 01:08:29 PM
New years resolution: refresh comments before posting.
 
2013-01-06 01:11:51 PM
Seriously? the metal recycler did not nothing anything odd about the pieces of bronze that were brought in to be sold? Either the thieves went to some trouble to disguise what they had once been or the recylcer did not give a fark.
 
2013-01-06 01:26:16 PM
Philo Bedoe

"Yes, ma'am, it's very impressive, but we need to ask you a few questions."
 
2013-01-06 01:42:32 PM

grimlock1972: Seriously? the metal recycler did not nothing anything odd about the pieces of bronze that were brought in to be sold? Either the thieves went to some trouble to disguise what they had once been or the recylcer did not give a fark.


When I haul stuff to the scrap yard, all they want is the type of metal, and the weight of my truck before/after unloading.

IMO, it's unreasonable to expect a scrap yard that processes 20+ tons of metal per day to inspect every tiny piece for something that might be a piece of something that was once artwork/antique/govt/etc. These aren't jewelry stores that pay hundreds per ounce and inspect every purchase, these places make a profit of, at best, tens of dollars per truckload. It is literally not worth their time to go inspecting every ounce as if it's been stolen from some museum.
 
2013-01-06 01:50:04 PM

Aulus: Some things never change, IOW, this is not a new phenomenon.  It's why we have so few few full sized bronze statues fro antiquity.  The melted down metal was deemed more valuable than the art itself.  Melt it down, recast it as weapons, tools, coins, ingots.


Sometimes they didn't last more than a few years. In the 1520s, Pope Julius II called Michelangelo to Florence (which the Pope had just conquered) to cast a monumental bronze of himself. Michelangelo did this, much as he didn't want to. A couple years later, the Florentine people rebelled against papal rule, melted the statue down, cast it into a cannon they called "la gulia" and used it against the Papal army when they besieged the city.
 
2013-01-06 01:52:17 PM

grimlock1972: Seriously? the metal recycler did not nothing anything odd about the pieces of bronze that were brought in to be sold? Either the thieves went to some trouble to disguise what they had once been or the recylcer did not give a fark.


Basically, there are no punishments for buying and melting down stolen metal, only for stealing it in the first place.
 
2013-01-06 01:55:03 PM
I don't think this was a municipal statue either. Reads like it was the publishing company's.
 
2013-01-06 02:23:57 PM
Dwight_Yeast
Basically, there are no punishments for buying and melting down stolen metal, only for stealing it in the first place.

you are receiving stolen goods even if it was in good faith.
 
2013-01-06 02:37:44 PM

starlost: you are receiving stolen goods even if it was in good faith.


I'm no legal-type person, but in my experience, scrap metal dealers are treated more like pawn shop owners under the law. They're required to get contact info from a seller, but there's no legal action against them if they buy something which is stolen.

/I occasionally sell scrap silver.
//Antiques dealer.
 
2013-01-06 03:09:02 PM
Stealing a public landmark, chopping it up and selling for scrap isn't normal. On meth it is.
 
2013-01-06 03:15:49 PM

Matthew Keene: These meth addled tweakers are disassembling this country bit by bit.


I thought they were blue collar tweakers as well

/also subby, I groan at thee
 
2013-01-06 04:07:09 PM

Dwight_Yeast: grimlock1972: Seriously? the metal recycler did not nothing anything odd about the pieces of bronze that were brought in to be sold? Either the thieves went to some trouble to disguise what they had once been or the recylcer did not give a fark.

Basically, there are no punishments for buying and melting down stolen metal, only for stealing it in the first place.


There are punishments for failing to check and record the IDs of the people who bring in the metal, which (according to TFA) they did keep, and handed over to police.

/problem is, if the thieves are the same race as the good doctor, there's no point in even trying to file charges
//it's a social justice thing, you wouldn't understand
 
2013-01-06 05:12:16 PM
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2013-01-06 06:11:23 PM

Confo: Philo Bedoe

"Yes, ma'am, it's very impressive, but we need to ask you a few questions."


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Is this some kind of bust?
 
2013-01-07 04:11:21 AM
Nice job, subby.
 
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