Large Animal Sculptures Stolen During Miami Quarantine

Miami – Some thieves stole three large animal sculptures such as the rhino, valued at $ 14,000, from a Florida store, theft that occurred in the midst of the COVID-19 quarantine and during the day, a source from the design company told Efe on Wednesday. Bacho Factory.

The robbery took place last Monday at a local business in Wilton Manors, a city some fifty kilometers north of Miami.

The sculptures, designed in computer by Bacho Factory, are made in carbon fiber with 3D molds.


They are covered by hand with artificial grass or grass that feels natural to the touch, to be distributed to local businesses such as The Plant Guy, the indoor and outdoor decoration store where the robbery occurred.

One of the suspects entered the store, which is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and distracted local workers, while three others mounted a $ 5,000 rhino sculpture in a car.

The representative of Bacho Factory in the United States, Peter Sassa, told Efe that they believe that two thefts took place, since after this sculpture was taken away the workers realized that the one of a mountain goat and that of a Tyrannosaurus rex. The latter valued at $ 4,000 and $ 5,000, respectively.

“I think this group of thieves stole the other two sculptures over the weekend and came back because they believed the store would be closed, but when they saw someone there they reacted and stole it in broad daylight,” said Sassa.

Of Belarusian origin, Sassa states that this crime is something “incredible and completely unexpected”, since the thieves were recorded by security cameras while committing the crime. “I don’t know what they were thinking about,” he added.

Until now, local businesses like this have managed to stay afloat despite the pandemic. “We are doing our best. I think business will reopen soon and everything will return to normal. This is a great loss but we will survive,” he said hopefully.

Precisely, the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday in a press conference that the state will begin its reopening starting next Monday, except for the counties most affected by the virus such as Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.

This first phase requires maintaining a physical distance in public places such as parks, shopping malls and recreational areas.

Meetings of more than ten people should also be avoided. Furthermore, during this first phase the authorities encourage people to continue teleworking as much as possible.

In Miami-Beach County, the number of thefts has decreased by 3.78% between January and April of this year, compared to the same period of the previous year, according to recently published data.

A decrease that has also been seen in the number of robberies, which has fallen by 22.20% in these first four months of 2020, in which there has been a total of 326.