4 accused of stealing Chihuly art from botanical gardens

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Posted: Jan 22, 2015 4:38 PM
4 accused of stealing Chihuly art from botanical gardens

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

One of the suspects charged Wednesday told police they broke in 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. 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.

The public defender's office, which is representing Sorensen, declined to comment. None of the others had lawyers listed in court documents.