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Lacey-Keosauqua, Donnelson Monuments Found

By Nick Davis, July 28, 2017

UPDATE: The Van Buren County Attorney has filed a motion to dismiss charges against Phillip Grandinetti “in the interest of justice.”

Original: Two monuments stolen from southeast Iowa last weekend have been recovered, according to Stacey Reece with the Van Buren County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

A statue honoring the builders of state parks across the country, including Lacey-Keosauqua was stolen from it’s pad last weekend in Van Buren County.

Meanwhile, a monument featuring three children sitting on a tree trunk was stolen from the Railroad Park in nearby Donnellson, Iowa.

The monuments were reportedly recovered in Davenport after being sold to a Peoria, Illinois Scrap Firm.

Both monuments were reportedly cut down into smaller pieces before being sold to the scrap yard.

The Van Buren County Register reports police have arrested Phillip Grandinetti, owner of Grandinetti Metal Recycling in Mount Pleasant. Grandinetti is charged with second degree theft, a class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.  (Reason for deletion: Charges have been dismissed)

Van Buren County Sheriff Dan Tedrow was on patrol and has not yet returned our phone call.

The Register reports an anonymous tip led to the discovery of the monument.

Previous Coverage:

Statue Honoring Builders of Lacey-Keosauqua State Park Stolen

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