Thieves steal Indiana arts center’s bronze 1920s lampposts

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Police are investigating the theft of a pair of bronze lampposts dating to the 1920s that were unbolted and hauled away from outside an arts and cultural center in Lafayette.

The heavy ornamental posts had stood since 1926 outside the former library that’s now the northwestern Indiana city’s Wells Community Cultural Center.

The Tippecanoe Arts Federation’s executive director says the posts were stolen between Tuesday and Thursday from the neoclassical building’s terrace.

Tetia Lee tells the Journal & Courier that decorative elements which fell from the posts left a trail leading away from the building to an adjacent street.

The arts center is home to the federation and dozens of member arts and culture groups. The thefts come as the building is undergoing a $3 million expansion and renovation.

Information from: Journal and Courier

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