Stolen moose sculpture traced to New Mexico, more charges to be applied

By Juliette Laaka | Nov 01, 2012
Courtesy of: Thomaston Police Department This stolen moose figure was made in New Mexico and was almost sold as scrap metal. The Thomaston Police Department is looking for the owners of the piece.

Thomaston — A Rockland man linked to multiple thefts is facing additional charges from the Thomaston Police Department.

Neal Kenney IV, 33, of Rockland was charged with criminal trespass and theft after admitting to stealing auto parts from Rockland Ford Oct. 25.

Sgt. Tim Hoppe of the Thomaston Police Department located the stolen auto parts in the back of Kenney's pick-up truck after the business reported items from the company's parts delivery area had been taken. At that time, Hoppe was questioning Kenney for other thefts when he received the call.

Kenney has been connected to other thefts in the area, including stealing boat batteries from Jeff's Marine in Thomaston.

Jeff Armstrong, owner of Jeff's Marine, said Kenney was a former yard employee.

Kenney said the items he was attempting to sell as scrap metal were objects from his grandmother's barn —  which is false, said Hoppe.

Included in the loot was a steel moose sculpture. The piece's origins have been traced to Santa Fe, N.M., said Thomaston Police Chief Kevin Haj.

A photograph of the sculpture included in a state-wide daily newspaper was seen by a man visiting from Florida who recognized the piece from an art show he attended in New Mexico. He provided the Thomaston Police Department with the telephone number of the studio that created the model.

Haj said he hopes to locate the owner of the art. The studio will be able to track where they ship the figures. The name 'Prescott' is engraved on the piece.

A chainsaw has also been recovered and the department is looking for the owner of the tool.

Hoppe said Kenney is cooperating and returning stolen items to the department. No other formal charges have been made, but Hoppe said it's just a matter of completing the necessary paperwork, which will be finished this weekend.

Contact the Thomaston Police Department to report a missing item at 354-251.

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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