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Marilyn Monroe Statue Theft: LAPD Releases Surveillance Photos of Suspects

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By Daniel Goldblatt

The LAPD is on the hunt for the people they believe are responsible for the theft of an iconic statue of Marilyn Monroe, which was taken right from the heart of Hollywood.

Police have now identified two suspects and two persons of interest in the brazen theft. The two suspects are both white males in their early 20s, with one carrying a black bag while the other had a white one.

According to the LAPD Hollywood Division, suspect #1 "scaled the Hollywood Gateway Sculpture, cut off 'Marilyn Monroe' weather pane at top, fled scene with property."

They added, "Weather pane possibly placed in white bag with black star. Susp equipment kept in black backpack."

The LAPD is using the hashtage "MarilynsMissing" in an effort to gather information.

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The statue in question sat atop the Hollywood Gazebo, which celebrates women in film from different cultures. Dolores Del Rio, Dorothy Dandridge, Mae West, and Anna May Wong have statues around the gazebo, while Monroe sat on top.

The theft was reported on Monday night when a witness claimed to see someone climb the structure and saw off the Marilyn Monroe piece.

Councilman Mitch O'Farrell told NBCLA, "I am calling this the great Marilyn caper of 2019."

O'Farrell added, "It's not okay to come and vandalize public art."

LAPD detectives and a forensics expert investigated the scene on Tuesday morning. They had the help of the Los Angeles Fire Department, who provided a ladder to allow the forensic scientist to get on top of the structure to investigate.

LAPD Detective Douglas Oldfield told NBCLA the expert found "a few prints" and said the LAPD is "going to investigate this to the best of our ability."

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