Suspect arrested in Albuquerque museum dog statue theft

Johnathan Silva
Johnathon Silva

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A man who police say stole a statue from a New Mexico museum and sold it for scrap is out of jail less than 24 hours after his arrest.

Silva was booked into MDC on Wednesday afternoon after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Albuquerque police say he stole “Sparky” the dog from the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History earlier this month.

He then sold it to a recycling company in the South Valley for $50. The company returned the $12,000 statue to APD and gave them Silva’s information.

Sparky was returned to the museum last week.

Silva is charged with fraud and receiving stolen property.

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