Cops: Man Decapitated, Mutilated 300-Pound Statue

Its head and feet were found in a pit
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2016 6:55 PM CST
Cops: Man Decapitated, Mutilated 300-Pound Statue
Dean Gamaza   (San Leandro Police Department)

The torso of a legendary UC Berkeley crew coach was found in the back of a pickup truck Saturday in San Leandro, California, CBS SF Bay Area reports. According to the Los Angeles Times, his head and feet were found in a pit nearby. Oh, we should mention it was a 300-pound bronze statue of former coach Carroll Ebright and not the actual man, who passed away in 1979 after coaching the team to three Olympic golds. The $80,000 statue was stolen from an Oakland boathouse more than a week ago, CBS reports.

Police found the statue's torso while on patrol near a storage facility, the Times reports. Its hands, feet, and nameplate—which had apparently been cut off—were found in a hole in a neighboring backyard. Dean Gamaza, who lives on the neighboring property, was arrested in connection with the theft of the statue. The Times states it's likely he stole the statue to sell for scrap. (Read more statue stories.)

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