2 charged with vandalism of troll statue near Keeper of the Plains

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WICHITA, Kan. — Photos on social media led to the arrest of two people for vandalizing a popular Wichita statue more than two years ago.

The seven-foot bronze sculpture known as "The Troll" is located under a drainage grate near the Keeper of the Plains. It was sculpted by local artist Constance Ernatt and installed in 2007.

In July 2012, the statue's arm was broken off and stolen.

Two years later, social media led to a break in the case. Recently, someone tipped off police after the suspects posted photos of themselves with the stolen arm on Facebook and Twitter.

Charges have since been filed against a 21-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman. They're charged with vandalism and possession of stolen property, however they have not yet been located by officers. A warrant has been issued for their arrests, but their names are not yet being released.

The statue was repaired by a local artist and returned earlier this year.


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