WARSAW — A Warsaw man faces criminal charges after allegedly stealing a tiger statue worth $4,000.
Eduardo David Llamas Jr., 19, 913 Carrington Blvd., Warsaw, is charged with theft, a level 6 felony.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on March 27, a Warsaw Police officer was dispatched to Deals 4 U in Kosciusko County in reference to theft of a cast aluminum tiger statue.
Upon arrival, the officer spoke with an employee at the business, who said the statue had been outside the business and was stolen sometime between 7 p.m. March 26, and 10 a.m. March 27.
On May 18, a Warsaw Police officer was dispatched to a residence in reference to an unwanted subject.
The officer spoke with the male caller, Llamas, and a woman, identified as Kaidyn Hobbs.
Llamas said he wanted Hobbs to leave, and she eventually agreed to move out of the residence.
While continuing the investigation, police were informed that Llamas was in possession of a stolen tiger statue.
Police spoke with Hobbs, who said she was aware the statue had been stolen from a business and that the artwork had been at Llamas’ residence for several weeks.
Hobbs also told police that Llamas told her he was involved in the theft of the statue and showed her the business where he and his friends stole the statue.
Llamas was interviewed and admitted that the statue was inside his bathroom. He claimed he was holding the statue for friends but refused to say who.
Police obtained consent to retrieve the statue from the residence and confirmed it to be the one stolen from Deals 4 U on March 27.
The statue was taken to the Warsaw Police Department and the owner of the statue was contacted.
Llamas was booked at the Kosciusko County Jail May 18 on a $5,250 surety and cash bond.