Progress: Henry Moore sculpture theft
Two men from Essex have been convicted with two counts of theft after they stole a rare Henry Moore sculpture, valued at up to half a million pounds, which they sold as scrap metal for £46.
The bronze ‘Sundial’ and plinth were taken from the Henry Moore Foundation in Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, overnight between 10 and 11 July.
Jason Parker, 19, and Liam Hughes, 22, both from Essex, pleaded guilty on 4 December and were jailed for 12 months.
Officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary recovered the sculpture after our appeal on July’s programme.
A metal dealer, who had bought the piece in good faith, recognised the sundial and called the police immediately.
Detective Inspector Paul Watts, who led the investigation said: "This is a fantastic result for all concerned, not only have we secured the convictions of the men responsible but our swift action led to the recovery of an invaluable piece of British Heritage.
"I would like to thank all of those involved, particularly my officers who worked tirelessly on the case, BBC Crimewatch and The Henry Moore Foundation for their co-operation."
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