Stolen statue featuring Mormon prophets is found by police; 2 suspects are arrested

It was a heist that, in retrospect, was unlikely to escape without notice.

Four thieves drove a truck with a large trailer into a parking lot in the wee hours of Tuesday morning and stole a bronze statue weighing approximately 700 pounds that depicts two Mormon prophets sitting on a park bench in midconversation.

And not just any two Mormon prophets.

One is the faith’s founder, Joseph Smith. The other is Brigham Young, the man who led church members to Utah. Both were stolen in the city where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has its headquarters.

It took Salt Lake City police less than 14 hours to track the work of art down.

“After a long day of #detective work we’re happy to report that the bronze statue has been recovered,” the police tweeted around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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