November 12, 2013
STAINED GLASS BUTTERFLY STOLEN FROM SCULPTURE FOR THIRD TIME
Boise, ID – The Women’s and Children’s Alliance is asking for the public’s help in recovering a stained glass butterfly, part of the WCA’s Centennial sculpture damaged at approximately 10:03 p.m. last night.
Security cameras show a group of what appears to be three young men walking on the side walk near the statue Monday night. One of young men walked over to the statue and then reached up and hit the stained glass butterfly repeatedly, and then wrenched it off its base. He then rejoined his companions and they crossed 8th street and headed toward the downtown area.
The sculpture was dedicated in October 2011to commemorate the WCA’s 100 year anniversary. A project of the Boise Sculptors Guild, this statue took many years and many hours of volunteer time to create. It represents the metamorphosis of women and children served by the WCA. After being stolen, returned and then stolen again in 2012, the new butterfly had only been back on the statue for 38 days when it was taken.
“We hope that someone will recognize one or more of the young people in the footage and come forward with information about their identity. And, we are very hopeful that the community can help locate the butterfly and return it to the statue where it stands as a symbol of the transformation and journey of our clients,” said Chris Campbell, WCA Communications Manager.
The Women’s and Children’s Alliance, 720 W. Washington, provides safety, healing and freedom to victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault. The WCA operates secure shelters and transitional homes, and provides professional counseling, legal advocacy, outreach and crisis services to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault.