5 suspected of stealing P500K Luneta sculpture
MANILA - Five people could be involved in the theft of a P500,000 bronze sculpture at Luneta Park, Manila police said Wednesday.
The missing sculpture weighs approximately 80 kilos, according to the Manila Police Department's (MPD) Theft and Robbery Section.
The National Parks Development Committee and the Arts Association of the Philippines (AAP) are checking all angles in the theft, especially because there was an ongoing construction in the area by a private contractor.
Police, however, are eliminating the contractor as among suspects because there is a photo showing that the sculpture was still there during when the project was finished.
The MPD refused to give information on reports it was an "inside job."
Kenneth Montegrande of the National Parks Development Committee claimed that they did not commit any security lapses.
They have a contract with the AAP which says it is their responsibility to take care of the art pieces inside the Kanluran sa Sining.
Police have also questioned the caretaker of the area but they have to gather more evidence to prove that he is responsible.