Stolen Jesus statue found smashed in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 400-pound “Homeless Jesus” statue stolen from in front of a closed downtown St. Louis homeless shelter has been found, but it was cut into pieces.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Thursday that the bronze statue of Jesus sleeping on a bench was stolen March 5 from the New Life Evangelistic Center.

The Rev. Larry Rice said Thursday that surveillance video showed a man selling the statue to somebody in a scrapyard parking lot. He says police in East St. Louis, Illinois, recognized the man. Rice says pieces of the statue were found Monday at the man’s home. No arrests have been made.