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By John McCallum
Managing Editor 

Thieves steal EWU kid with laptop statue


Last updated 6/18/2020 at 10:45am

CHENEY – Eastern Washington University police are asking the public’s help in locating a statue that was stolen from in front of the university’s one-room schoolhouse, formerly known as the Jore School.

Police Deputy Chief Jay Day said they were notified by a campus grounds crew around 6:30 a.m. on June 16 that the statue of a young child working on a laptop had been taken from in front of the school. Not only was the statue taken, but the metal bench it was sitting on was also stolen.

“It would take a concerted effort to move it,” Day said.

No evidence was available at the scene and the police have no leads at this time. Day put the value of the statue itself at $1,900, which does not include the cost of the bench.

Day said the last time the statue was reported seen at its location in front of the school was June 12.

“You get used to seeing it every day so sometimes you don’t realize it’s missing,” he added.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of the statue or who might have taken it should call the EWU Police Department at 359-7676.

The Jore School was moved to its campus location in 2004. The statue was placed there around 2010.

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