Police: Homeless man swipes horse statue from art gallery

Man charged with grand theft for taking $4,200 bronze sculpture, police say


A homeless man was caught Sunday trying to steal a bronze horse sculpture from a St. Augustine art gallery, according to police.

Richard Talach, 66, was charged with grand theft and booked into the St. Johns County Jail on $2,500 bond.

Police said the statue, which was taken from the Grand Bohemian Gallery on King Street, was valued at $4,200.

While officers were investigating the theft, a man stopped by the gallery and said, “If you are looking for a horse statue, the guy you were with a few minutes ago has it in his suitcase.”

Officers checked the area and found Talach with a black suitcase, police said.

Talach admitted during questioning that he had taken the statue earlier in the day, police said.