Sometimes criminals defy the bounds of political correctness -- like whoever stole a statue depicting a cancer patient from a Phoenix park.
Phoenix Police Sergeant Tommy Thompson tells New Times that someone broke a 4-foot-high bronze statue from its base and stole it from the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Survivors Park.
The figure was part of an eight-statue work of art by sculptor Victor Salmones titled "Cancer ... There's Hope," and depicts people at various stages of fighting cancer.
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Thompson says the statue was broken off at the leg, leaving only a shoe connected to the solid base of the $12,000 figure.
Exactly how thieves managed to break off the statue, though, is a bit of a mystery.
Thompson says reports describe no tool marks where the statue was torn off, and it was possibly rocked back-and-forth until it finally came loose.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.