Man pleads guilty in theft of Independence statue
05/01/2014 6:59 AM
05/01/2014 7:08 AM
An Independence man has pleaded guilty for his role in the theft of a 6-foot bronze statue from a museum.
Jeremy Ratliff, 37, will be sentenced June 13 after pleading guilty this month to felony stealing. He was one of three men charged in the June 2013 theft of the Pioneer Woman statue from the National Frontier Trails Museum.
One of the men has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
The life-sized statue of a woman with a baby in one arm and a bucket in the other weighed 1,000 pounds.
A Kansas City scrapyard, responding to an Independence police email alert, contacted authorities after two men offered to sale them a bin of battered bronze.
Yard operators had declined to purchase the metal after noticing the blue cast some of it displayed, as well as a section that resembled human fingers. They later provided investigators a video of the encounter.
| The Associated Press
Join the Discussion
The Kansas City Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.