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Thieves poach bronze deer statue from Raleigh Hills Dental Clinic
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is on the hunt for a life size bronze deer statue that was stolen over the weekend from the grounds in front of the Raleigh Hills Dental Clinic.
The theft took place sometime between Saturday night and Monday morning at 8 from a landscaped area in front of the clinic at 7209 S.W. Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.
The statue weighed about 400 pounds and was originally purchased for $20,000, according to Sgt. Vance Stimler, sheriff's office spokesman.
Employees discovered the deer was missing when they arrived for their shifts on Monday and contacted sheriff's deputies.
"Sheriff's deputies believe the bronze deer was stolen for the purpose of scrapping the sculpture for money," Stimler said. "However, due to the density of the material, it will be difficult to scrap."
The statue was located in front of the clinic in an area not easily accessible by vehicle, he added.
"It is also likely that it took two or more people to move the statue," Stimler said.
Anyone with information about this case or who may have noticed anything unusual in the area is asked to call detectives at 503-846-2500.