Arrest made in connection with Cal’s stolen and dismembered 300-lb statue

UC Berkeley crew coach Carroll Ebright’s bronze statue wasn’t just stolen from its original site, but was found dismembered like a serial killer murder. San Leonardo (Calif.) police found the headless statue in the bed of a pickup truck.

Police soon arrested 46-year-old Dean Gamaza, who lives next to the parking lot where the cut up statue was found. The motive for the crime seems to be theft of recycling, which is a big business in the San Francisco Bay Area according to police.

“The rest of the statue had several cuts in it, as if someone tried to cut the 300-pound statue into smaller pieces, or into pieces so that it was unidentifiable,” the report stated

After a thorough search of Gamaza’s home, police found the head of the statue buried in the back yard.

Jail records show Gamaza is being held without bail on suspicion of violating his probation and receiving stolen property. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday morning in Alameda County.

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to San Leandro Police Department

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