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Arrest Made in Theft of Marilyn Monroe Statue

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    Man Arrested in Marilyn Monroe Statue Heist

    An arrest has been made in the theft of a Marilyn Monroe statue. The man who stole it has made headlines before and has left his mark on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Published Friday, June 21, 2019)

    An arrest has been made in the theft of the Marilyn Monroe statue and the suspect is the same man accused of using an ax on President Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, officials said.

    Austin Mikel Clay, 25, was convicted last summer after being caught on camera obliterating the Trump star.

    Clay was back on the Walk of Fame, climbing to the top of a gazebo with a saw, police allege.

    "It's unfortunate he’s seeking this method to gain fame," said LAPD Detective Douglas Oldfield.

    Marilyn Monroe Statue Thieves Caught on Camera

    [LA] Marilyn Monroe Statue Thieves Caught on Camera

    An alleged thief and his accomplice were caught on camera cutting down an iconic statue of Marilyn Monroe at the Ladies of Hollywood Gazebo. Hetty Chang reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

    (Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019)

    An NBC4 viewer witnessed the crime and helped launch an investigation. Security video led detectives to Clay who's been on felony probation.

    "We saw that he was on probation so we decided to pay him a visit where we obtained evidence," Oldfield said.

    When he went after Trump, Clay said it was politics.

    "I wanted to make a statement," he said at the time.

    The motive for Marilyn? "That's what this person wants is to be famous," Oldfield said. "We like to say this is the wrong way to go about it."

    But Marilyn remains missing.

    Marilyn Monroe Statue Stolen From Ladies of Hollywood Gazebo

    [LA] Marilyn Monroe Statue Stolen From Ladies of Hollywood Gazebo

    Someone stole Marilyn Monroe from the Four Ladies of Hollywood statue at the corner of Hollywood and La Brea. A woman says she saw a man climb up the statue, take out a hacksaw and cut the Marilyn Monroe statue right off the top. Robert Kovacik reports for NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Monday, June 17, 2019.

    (Published Monday, June 17, 2019)

    Oldfield said that it could be broken and in multiple pieces.

    Police said the suspect climbed a piece of artwork on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Sunday and used a hacksaw to remove a statue of Marilyn Monroe on top of the Four Ladies of Hollywood gazebo.

    Security camera video appears to show someone jump down from the artwork and walk away with a backpack.

    The man and another man — both wearing caps — can be seen on the Walk of Fame with the backpack before they enter the nearby Roosevelt Hotel and meet with a couple in the lobby. They are seen opening the bag and taking a look inside.

    The Hollywood Gazebo celebrates women in film from different cultures who brought change to the film industry. The artwork features depictions of Dolores Del Rio, Dorothy Dandridge, Mae West, and Anna May Wong.

    A statue of Monroe, who died in 1962, striking her famous pose from "The Seven Year Itch" stood atop the structure.

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