Man who stole statue and plaques for scrap sentenced to jail time

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

Kingston –  A 50-year-old Kingston man who stole a statue and three historic plaques and tried to sell them as scrap, has been sentenced to jail time.

Michael Barry lifted the “Leap Frog” children’s statue from City Park and managed to get his hands on three brass plaques from Kingston landmarks.

He sold them to a scrap yard on McAdoo’s Lane and all of the stolen items were later recovered by police.

He pleaded guilty last week to illegally possessing the monuments between June and November of last year.

He also admitted to a break-in at the Hydro One yard on Sydenham Road.

Barry was given enhanced credit for the 107 days he spent in pretrial custody and was sentenced to another seven months behind bars.

Hospice Kingst0n continues to thank the public for their assistance in locating their beloved statue.

“The fact that it was returned so quickly after, it was very overwhelming and from an agency standpoint it was just an incredible feeling because we felt that people knew what Hospice Kingston does and was able to help get our statue back.” explained Maura Doyle, from Hospice Kingston.



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