Go ahead, blame drug addicts for the swiped artwork. It’s easy. You won’t get a letter from the ACLU. It’s no struggle. No one will reproach you or contradict you on their behalf.

Pretty easy to catch them too; rustle over to the trailer park about 7:30 in the morning, bang on some doors, spook the old folks into telling who was real loud last night. You’ll find it there, shoved under a tarp or stacked next to the boat in the garage. Like shooting fish in a barrel.

The interesting points revealed by these thefts are 1) the continuing lack of addiction treatment programs in Oregon; 2) the continuing “surprise” by newies + bureaucrats about this predictable behavior; 3) the absence of a secondary market for these objects beyond the scrap yard, showing their “value” to be intangible.

So by failing to provide standard of care – effective treatment on demand for addiction – Oregon dooms it’s sculpture art to ruin. Eat the rich.

The theft of the Astoria Sacagawea, on the footsteps of thefts of two large bronze artworks from a private estate in Portland, have notified Oregon police, who with a dozen phone calls to scrap metal dealers across the state and perhaps region will catch the next crooks, hopefully prior to stolen artwork being destroyed.

So what would it take to intervene? George Fite Water’s Lincoln? Emmanuel Fremiet’s Joan of Arc? Or one of Portland’s own bronze sculptures of Sacagawea, like Alice Cooper’s in Washington Park or Glenda Goodacre’s at Lewis & Clark?

Here is the word of the day – predictable. UPDATE – Methamphetamine drove them to it. Guess what? Putting OTC drugs behind the counter is not harm reduction. UPDATE – Astoria Sacagawea statue was destroyed by thieves (see remains in the photo on the right, from the Bend Police).

EXTRA – Fast Food Customers Suspected in Sacagawea Heist, from NorthCoastOregon.com
EXTRA – Sacagawea Statue Stolen In Astoria, KPTV.com
EXTRA – Sacagawea statue stolen from Fort Clatsop park, StatesmanJournal.com
EXTRA – Sacagawea statue likely stolen for its bronze, KATU.com
EXTRA – Meth heads suspected in statue rip-off, DailyAstorian.info
EXTRA – Statue stolen from Oregon’s Fort Clatsop park, AP
EXTRA – Thefts point to vulnerability of metal sculptures for scrap, Oregonian
EXTRA – Oregon may need tougher laws to deal with metal thefts, StatesmanJournal.com
EXTRA – Sacagawea statue taken from Fort Clatsop, possibly for drug funds, San Diego Source
EXTRA – Experts: Not all art thefts can be linked to drugs, the Oregonian
EXTRA – Sacagawea Statue Found — 250 Miles Away, KPTV.com
EXTRA – Three arrested after Oregon Coast landmark statue recovered, KGW.com
EXTRA – Sacagawea statute recovered in Bend; three charged, KTVZ.com
EXTRA – Sacagawea statue found at Bend scrap metal yard, Oregonian
EXTRA – Sacagawea statue found destroyed, DailyAstorian.inf0
EXTRA – Three Bend residents arrested in theft of life-size bronze statue, Bendweekly.com
EXTRA – Photos show hacked-up Sacagawea statue, Oregonian
EXTRA – Art for meth: What an unholy bargain, DailyAstorian.com
EXTRA – Four linked to Sacagawea statue theft, KATU.com
EXTRA – Sliced-up statue stays in police custody, Oregonian
EXTRA – More than metal, Eugene Register Guard
EXTRA – Stolen statues show how low Americans are sinking, StatesmanJournal.com
EXTRA – Statue to remain in Bend, DailyAstorian.com
EXTRA – Clatsop County Man, 3 Others Arrested in tTheft of Sacagawea Statu, Clatsop County Sheriff
EXTRA – Heavy Metal, Willamette Week

Four linked to Sacagawea statue theft from cicolini on Vimeo.

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