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Statues returned to Edina park after thieves have change of art

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Those responsible for stealing a sculpture from an Edina park last month appears to have had a "change of art," as it was returned Sunday night.

KARE 11 reports the five pieces of the "Three Trees" statue in Fred Richards Park, which were discovered missing in November, were found by park staff Monday morning.

Police told the TV station they believe those who took the statue (they believe it's more than one due to their weight) "became nervous" after news coverage of the theft last week, and decided to return them.

The city was offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the return of the artwork, which was donated by local artist Kevin Komadina.

The sculpture had been split into nine pieces and put into storage to allow for the construction of the "Edina Promenade," only to have thieves break into the unit and steal five of the pieces some time between Oct. 26 and Nov. 19.

The Star Tribune reports police are now going over the art for "potential forensic evidence" that could lead them to the culprits, while Komadina himself has been called in to inspect his work for damage.

The artist, whose work has been exhibited in galleries across the nation, told the newspaper the theft confused him because the sculptures are ceramic, and as a result "have no salvage value" unlike other public works of art made using precious metals.

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