$15K Statues stolen from Library sold for $270 then melted

Statues stolen from Waukegan Library sold for $270 then melted
The thieves who stole a pair of bronze statues, valued at $15,000, from the courtyard of a north suburban library last month sold the artwork to a West Side scrap metal business, which paid them about $270 and then melted the pieces, police said.

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It seems this happens more often than it should. Do scrap dealers have no clue that someone might be looking for a sculpture, or do they not care? Do the scrap dealers face charges? Isn't there a penalty for accepting stolen property?

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