By Steve Guntli
Two men accused of stealing a 55-pound statue from an antique store in Seattle were arrested at the Blaine border.
On March 22, Seattle police responded to a complaint by the store’s owner who, on arriving at work, saw two men loading a 2-foot-tall statue by Frederic Remington titled “Bronco Buster” into the back of a pickup truck. He complimented the men on their good taste and then went inside to congratulate his clerk for selling the $2,500 piece. The clerk told him he hadn’t sold any statues that morning.
The owner ran outside and was able to jot down the British Columbia license plate number of the departing truck. He then contacted the Seattle police, who relayed the information to border authorities. The men were caught trying to cross the border in Blaine later that day.
Seattle police officers are working with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on the case.