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Willimantic man charged in alleged statue theft held on $150,000 bond

By Claire Bessette

Publication: TheDay.com

Published March 09. 2010 1:58PM   Updated March 09. 2010 2:14PM

Norwich – A Willimantic man charged in the theft, destruction and sale of a bronze statue from the Yantic Cemetery will be held on a $150,000 bond and will be on a medical watch in prison.

Judge Robert Young set the bond for Sean P. McNee, 43, of 182 South Park Road, Willimantic, charged by Norwich police with first-degree larceny, first-degree criminal mischief and discretion of a grave stie in connection with the destruction of a 120-year-old bronze statue from the grave of Sarah Osgood at the Yantic Cemetery.

A public defender was appointed for McNee, and he is scheduled to appear again in Norwich Superior Court on March 29.

According to the affidavit, Tim Devivo of Willimantic Waste contacted Norwich police on Feb. 24 after hearing a TV news story about the missing statue. Devivo told police the chunks of the statue were brought in on Feb. 11, and he became immediately suspicious and set the pieces aside in case they had been stolen.

Willimantic Waste officials provided police with the driver's license information for McNee, the man who brought the bronze segments to the facility and license plates for the two vehicles, both belonging to McNee. Police interviewed McNee and others who accompanied him to the metal recycling facility.

Police said more arrests are expected.

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