Horse, knight statue stolen

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 6:48 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – A nine-foot metal statue of a horse and knight was reported stolen from a parkway on Randall Road at Fargo Boulevard.

Local artist Francis Joseph Gagnepain IV of Batavia created the sculpture out of bicycle parts in 2000.

According to police reports, the sculpture was stolen between Jan. 3 and 6. It was on the west side of South Randall Road in the 1100 block.

Gagnepain’s sculptures are well-known in the area. The statue weighs 300 to 400 pounds, according to reports.

Gagnepain said the statute had fallen over in the wind, and someone possibly thought it was scrap metal.

“It was not fastened down,” Gagnepain said. “I’m just heartbroken.”

Gagnepain said a family in Batavia owns the horse, and he owns the knight. The value of the statue is about $2,000.

Gagnepain said he hoped someone would have information about the statue and could tell police. The Geneva Police Department can be reached at 630-232-4736.