HALLANDALE BEACH (CBS4) – A Broward County man linked to the theft of a 300-pound bronze statue turned himself into police and faced a bond court judge Tuesday morning.
Zackie Knox, who had been named a person of interest in the case, was arrested Monday and charged with dealing in stolen property. He also faces additional charges including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Broward Sheriff’s deputies have yet to determine Knox’s exact involvement in the theft, but BSO spokeswoman Kayla Concepcion say Knox may have stolen the item or purchased it on the street.
The statue of the horse had just been put up outside the Polo Club in Pembroke Park on Hallandale Beach Boulevard.
Early Monday, December 20, thieves pried it loose and took off with it. It was recovered two days later at a scrap yard but in pieces.
Grainy surveillance video captured the crime.
The 300-pound bronze statute was the centerpiece of the new business.
“It was supposed to be the icon of the Polo Club,” said Bill Mosher, Club Manager.
Mosher said the club owner bought the horse statute several years ago for $3,500.
The statue fetched about $970 at a scrap yard and workers cut it into pieces.
Deputies carted away the remains as evidence of a grand theft investigation.
Meanwhile, the statue’s owner is devastated.
“He’s pretty distraught about it,” Mosher said. “We waited until the day we opened to put it out so it was only sitting out for 6 days so we only got 6 days use out of it for $3500 dollars.”
The surveillance video showed the thieves pulled up outside the club around 4:45 Monday morning, got out, pried the statue loose, put a tarp over it and drove off.
They were gone in about a minute.
“It’s right here on one of the busiest roads in Broward right here on Hallandale Beach Boulevard not to mention the entire place was lit up literally with Christmas trees,” Mosher said.