An arrest has been made in the theft of a Jackie Robinson statue later found dismantled and burned

 

February 14, 2024



A 45-year-old man was arrested in the theft of a bronze Jackie Robinson statue that was cut off at the ankles and found days later smoldering in a trash can in a city park in Kansas, police announced Tuesday.

Ricky Alderete was taken into custody earlier this month in a kidnapping case and charged Monday with four counts stemming from the theft and a 2022 case, records show. Wichita police Lt. Aaron Moses said there was no evidence it was a "hate-motivated crime" but rather the intent was to sell the metal for scrap.

Wichita police Chief Joe Sullivan said it was "only the first arrest" and tha...



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