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.
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