YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Police are looking for the person who stole nearly two dozen garden angels worth over $1,500 from a Youngstown woman’s lawn.
Patricia Mitchell says 23 of the cement and porcelain statues were taken from her yard on Birch Hill Drive this week. She has been building a collection of them for ten years.
“The ones I’ve collected, it’s like you can’t find them anymore, a lot of them. So it’s like they’re irreplaceable because they don’t even make some of them anymore.”
The thieves first showed up last weekend while Mitchell was out of town, stealing four angels.
Then while she was working Tuesday night, another 16 went missing. On Thursday night, the crooks took three more.
Together, she says the 23 statues are worth more than $1,500.
“Ultimately, I go to work and I work hard for my stuff and I just want it to stop,” she said. “I want it to stop because they may not mean anything to them, but they mean something to me.”
Mitchell says she is more concerned about finding the person or persons responsible, than recovering her statues.
Residents say this kind of activity never happens in the Rocky Ridge neighborhood.
“It used to be a neighborhood that was hidden away from everywhere, it seemed, but now it looks like we’re going to have to be more vigilant and watch out for each other even more,” Frank Maloveich said.
Youngstown Police are continuing to investigate who is behind the act.