Police on Friday identified the suspect as Austin Mikel Clay, the same man authorities said previously used an ax on President Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Clay, 25, was convicted last summer of vandalizing Trump’s star and was on felony probation at the time of the statue’s theft.
The statue that topped the Ladies of Hollywood gazebo at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue was reported missing on June 16.
Police said Friday they found evidence, just not the statue, which was sawed off the top of the gazebo
“Looking back at the (security) video, it would be reasonable that the statue broke and could be in multiple pieces,” Oldfield said.
The small bronze-colored statue features Monroe in her iconic windblown dress pose from 1955’s The Seven Year Itch. It has graced the top of the silver structure that is held up by statues of Mae West, Anna Mae Wong, Dolores Del Rio and Dorothy Dandridge and celebrates film actresses representing different cultures who helped change the movie business.
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