Statue thief sent to jail

Richard Couturiaux
Richard Couturiaux

A Hubbard man accused of stealing a 4-foot brass veteran’s memorial statue was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison.

Richard Couturiaux, 31, was given the sentence by Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Andrew Logan after he pleaded guilty last month to charges of receiving stolen property, vandalism and two counts of desecration.

Girard police arrested Couturiaux on a warrant after police said he stole a 4-foot brass statue of a soldier from the Mahoning Valley Memorial Park in Youngstown.

Police said he gave his real name on a receipt when he took the statue to a Girard junk yard. He was paid $25 for the statue. The statue was valued at $36,000.

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