Authorities have issued arrest warrants for three men wanted in connection to the theft of UNCW's Seahawk statue in July. (Source: UNCW)
Surveillance video of the three suspects wanted in connection to the theft. (Source: UNCW)
The statue was reported missing on Saturday, July 5. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -
Authorities have issued arrest warrants for three men wanted in connection to the theft of UNCW's Seahawk statue in July.
According to officials, Joseph Edward Berry, 21, of Hillsborough, Robert Joseph Touhey, 20, of Ocracoke, and Nicholas Ryan Siano, 19, of Wilmington are all charged with felony larceny and misdemeanor injury to real property.
Last week, UNCW Police released surveillance video of the three suspects they say stole the statue outside the Warwick Center. The next day, an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of the Cape Fear led authorities to believe the statue was in Greensboro.
UNC-Greensboro Police, with the assistance of the UNCW Police Department, located the statue and returned it to campus.
Siano is currently enrolled at Cape Fear Community College, while Berry and Touhey are currently enrolled at UNC-Greensboro.
UNCG Police said they will not press additional charges against the students, but did refer their cases to the Dean of Students to go through the schools disciplinary process.
According to UNCG Police, the statue was recovered at the suspect's residence in Greensboro.
The statue was discovered missing on the morning of Saturday, July 5.