Thieves steal cherished statue from woman’s front yard

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Thieves stole a massive statue out of a front yard in Commerce City that's worth hundreds of dollars.

The statue was part of a large military display in Jeannie Fuentez's front yard.

While red, white and blue decorations still line the front yard, there is now a huge hole where Fuentez said a nearly five-foot tall, 200-pound statue of a concrete soldier had been sitting.

"It broke my heart, it really did," said Jeannie Fuentez about the theft.

Fuentez said the statue is a prized military possession because she bought it to remind her of her son Michael Fuentez, who is a Sargent serving in the Army Military Police.

"It was the closest thing I had to my son while he is not here," said Fuentez.

The statue has helped Fuentez stay strong for the last six years through her 24-year-old son's multiple deployments to Afghanistan.

"There were times where I didn't hear from him for months or weeks and I would come out and talk to the statue," Fuentez said

But that communication ended Monday night when Fuentez said thieves somehow lifted the massive statue out of her yard.  Fuentez said she called police and even searched for the statue on her own.

"I have went door to door and nobody has seen nothing," said Fuentez.

Fuentez said she feels lost without the statue and wishes the thieves would return it because it was much more than a decoration in her yard.

"It wasn't just a statue, I feel like it was a part of me," Fuentez said.

In the meantime Fuentez has tried to buy a new statue similar to her old one, but she hasn't had any luck in finding anything like the one removed from her yard.

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