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Stolen bear statue returned

A 7-foot, 250-pound, hand-carved bear statue that was stolen from in front of a business in Montcalm County has been recovered.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the unique bear was stolen sometime during the evening of Sunday, July 17, from in front of Distinct Discovery Homes, 8091 W. Peck Road, northeast of Greenville.

After seeing a story on the incident on a local news station, the suspect called police. The statue was recovered by deputies about 10 miles away at the home of a teenage boy. The bear’s arms were missing and its face was damaged.

The Sheriff department said that media coverage of the incident played a substantial role in recovery of the bear.

The suspect is expected to be charged with larceny.

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