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Four Charged With Theft of Dale Chihuly Art From Denver Botanic Gardens

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The Denver Botanic Gardens has a permanent reminder of last year's blockbuster Chihuly exhibit: "Colorado," a piece by artist Dale Chihuly that was made possible through funds provided by donors Robert and Judi Newman and the Kemper family, and installed a few weeks ago. And now four more Coloradans have something to remember the show by: theft charges. See also: The Denver Botanic Gardens Lands a Dale Chihuly Sculpture for Its Permanent Collection Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has formally charged four people in connection with the theft of pieces of Dale Chihuly's work from the Denver Botanic Gardens last summer.

Alex Brook and Joseph Parnell are both charged with theft, criminal mischief and tampering with evidence; Sean Sorensen and Auvia Bellamy are charged with theft. According to the DA's office, the four allegedly entered the Gardens on August 22 and stole several parts of one piece, including cattails and an orb. The glass orb was later recovered from a Thornton apartment. Brook and Parnell reportedly took several glass cattails to a cornfield near Strasburg, where they were found -- destroyed.

Brook, Parnell and Bellamy have been released; their bonds were $5,000 each. Sorensen remains in custody; his bond is also set at $5,000. He's already been advised of the charges and has a preliminary hearing in Denver County Court on February 3.

Brook is scheduled to appear in Denver County Court on January 26 to be advised of the charges; Bellamy has a court date on January 30 and Parnell on February 2.


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