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Thanks to several tips from the public, the owner of the stolen sea otter sculpture has been located. Investigators learned that the artist, Mark Kooy, had the piece stolen during a burglary at a business in May 2011. Investigators had an incorrect spelling of the artist's name which made it difficult to determine his location.
The burglary occurred in the 5400 block of Southeast Foster Road to a business that was under a remodel. Several items of construction equipment were also stolen.
Investigators have been in contact with the owner of the sea otter sculpture and are arranging for it's return.
The Portland Police Bureau would like to thank the many members of the public for their tips that led to the correct identity of the artist/owner.
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The Portland Police Bureau is asking for the public's help in locating the owner of a bronze sea otter sculpture that was recovered during a burglary investigation.
No arrests have been made in the theft and attempts to find out where the sculpture came from have not been fruitful. Investigators believe that the sculpture may have been stolen sometime in the Summer of 2011.
The bronze sea otter is identical to one located at the Oregon Zoo, which is still intact. So far, the City of Portland, Oregon Coast Aquarium, and Seaside Aquarium have been checked and the sea otter is not from any of them.
Investigators have learned that artist Mark Coy created the sea otter at the Oregon Zoo and believe that this recovered sea otter is from the same artist, but police have not been able to locate any contact information for Mr. Coy.
The sculpture is approximately 3 feet long and weighs an estimated 75 pounds.
Anyone with information about how to contact Mark Coy or knows where the sea otter sculpture was stolen from is asked to provide this information to CrimeTips@PortlandOregon.gov
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Sgt. Pete Simpson