The IDP staff recovered more than 10 stolen statues. Among them was the statue of Buenos Aires "La República", stolen in 2003 from the Rubén Darío square in Playa Ancha. The work was in an address of the commune of San Francisco de Mostazal, in the region of O Higgins.
They were detectives of the Investigative Brigade of Crimes against the Environment and Cultural Heritage (BIDEMA) that carried out the process.
Deputy Prefect Pablo Ibarra, head of the BIDEMA in Valparaiso, said the investigation came from a photo published in a local newspaper stating that "The Republic" was somewhere in the country. This has been added to a complaint by reception in the O & # 39; Higgins region.
Many pieces of incalculable value to the country's cultural heritage have been seized. Among these, was the statue "The Republic", 8 statues of the General Cemetery and 2 of Morro Santa Lucia, in addition to 2 stolen silver chests of the Church San Francisco de Santiago.
In addition, archaeological and paleontological species were seized, indicated in Monuments, Weapons and other articles of the War of the Pacific.
#Detectives the Metropolitan Bidema, #Rancagua and Lacrim, recover valuable sculptures that were commissioned for theft, as well as archaeological and paleontological species. # InvestigateIt & # 39; sInOurDNA pic.twitter.com/Zkr6tUmkw8
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It is the result of an analysis of BIDEMA, which culminated in the search for a house in the old La Punta, where the recovered statues were denounced for robbery and included in the catalog of historical items stolen from the PDI.
According to AhoraNoticias, the place where the stolen species were found is owned by businessman Raúl Schuler Gatica. However, the media also argued that there were no detainees, but that it is not ruled out that it is an orderly robbery.