Theft of Gem Artist's Statue in Tucson

February 22, 2001

Theft of Gem Artist's Statue in Tucson

Gem cutter and artist Arthur Lee Anderson posted a $5,000 reward for the return of pieces of a statue stolen from his booth at the GJX Show in Tucson, AZ. John Brady, an attorney in Tucson, is serving as a "go between" for anyone who wants to return the pieces.

The missing pieces are components of a full statue called "Leigha," which took Anderson two years to complete. "Leigha is the fourth in a series of nine statues, all based on an ancient Minoan theme from the island of Crete, circa 1700 BC," Anderson explains. "They took, among other things, the legs, base, skirt and arms of my large statue. I had taken the central torso with me the night before, thinking that should anyone even look in the booth, the individual pieces of the statue would be meaningless to them. They were individually packed in sealed boxes," he says.

The theft occurred after show closing on the last day of the show, Feb. 6. Detectives in Tucson are working on the case. Anyone with information can contact Anderson at (540) 834-4195 or Brady at (520) 623-4353.

- by Robert Weldon, G.G.