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Statue swiped from local landmark

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Updated: 8/19/2013 11:44 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The owners of a St. Johns County landmark are frustrated that their stolen Virgin Mary statue still hasn't been recovered. It has been one month since the 18-inch concrete statue was stolen from the property at Castle Otttis along A1A in St. Augustine.

Rusty Ickes built the 50-foot tall castle in his backyard 30 years ago. It is used for worship services, weddings, and community bible studies. But the castle property is also getting used more and more these days by trespassers.

"It is such a landmark that so many people are curious [and] intrude into the property," said Ickes.

One recent trespasser was callous enough to steal the invaluable statue of the Virgin Mary that's been with Ickes' family for generations.

"It has incredible sentimental meaning to us and sacred meaning as well," Ickes told Action News. "People don't have respect like they used to."

The castle already had a surveillance system installed, but none of the cameras caught the statue swiper.

Neither has the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office which is investigating the case.
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