TRENTON — The Angel of Hope bronze statue stolen from the in front of three churches in Trenton was recovered at a Philadelphia scrapyard Thursday.

The statue that stood on "Angel Island" at the intersection of Perry and Warren streets (Route 206) in Trenton since 1986 was removed in the early hours of May 7 leaving only its feet on a round base.

Police in a statement said it was security footage that helped Trenton and State police track the vehicle that was used to remove the statue and identify the two individuals responsible for the theft.

Recovered Angel of Hope statue
Recovered Angel of Hope statue (Trenton police)

Statue still intact

Trenton city spokesman Tim Carroll said first degree theft charges have filed  but the suspects have not been apprehended.

A photo of the statue shows it is still largely intact except for an arm that was cut off but also recovered. Carroll said the statue is in good condition except for the severed arm and leg and general “wear and tear” from theft and transport.

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