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4 accused of stealing Chihuly art from botanical gardens

January 22, 2015

DENVER (AP) — Four people have been charged with stealing blown-glass pieces by world-famous artist Dale Chihuly that were on display at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

One of the suspects charged Wednesday told police they broke in on a whim in August because they were bored.

Alex Brook, Joseph Parnell, Sean Sorensen and Auvia Bellamy are accused of taking a glass orb and three glass cattails — tall plants that grow near water — worth about $100,000.

Court documents say they didn’t realize the value of the items until seeing news reports about the theft. Police say the cattails were abandoned in a cornfield where they were eventually destroyed, likely by a crop-cutting machine. Authorities say Sorenson kept the orb.

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