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Hubbard man appears in court for stolen statue

Published: Tue, April 2, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

Bond set at $82,500 in case involving vandalism at soldiers cemetery


Gary Pollock, cemetery overseer at Mahoning Valley Memorial Park in Youngstown, looks over a monument where a military statue was sawed off with hacksaw last week. Police made an arrest in the theft Monday.

By Danny Restivo



A Hubbard man accused of stealing a $36,000 brass statue before scrapping parts of it for just $25.50 appeared in municipal court Monday.

Richard R. Couturiax, 30, of North Main Street, is facing one felony count of receiving stolen property and one misdemeanor count of theft after police said he stole a 4-foot brass statue of a soldier from Mahoning Valley Memorial Park in Youngstown.

Couturiax then tried to scrap it for cash at the Girard Recycling Center, a police report said.

According to Ohio law, if the value of the property involved is $1,000 or more, receiving stolen property is a felony of the fifth degree.

Couturiax was arrested Monday. He was then brought to court for his initial appearance.

The judge set Couturiax’s bond at $82,500 for the charges of receiving stolen property and theft. He did not post bond and is in the Trumbull County Jail. He did not enter a plea Monday.

The cemetery on Youngstown-Hubbard Road contains the final resting place of those who once defended the country. The bronze statue stood guard at the front of the cemetery the last four decades. The vandalism came to light when the widow of a veteran arrived with hopes of planting Easter flowers on the grave of her husband.

Youngstown police notified Girard city officers Wednesday of the stolen statue.

Girard police said the recycling center produced seven pieces of the statue, including a rifle and a hand. Workers also produced a receipt for the metal that showed Couturiax received $25.50 for the metal. Girard police collected the brass before photographing it and returning it to park managers.

Gary Pollock, one of the overseers of the memorial park, was outraged when he saw that someone would be so disrespectful to the veterans buried there and their families. Pollock said he found out the accused thief had been caught while watching the evening news Monday night, but it brought him little satisfaction because he says the potential for a replacement is bleak.

“The cost to replace this statue is sizable, and we don’t have that kind of money and neither does the park,” said Pollock. “It’s not going to put the statue back together.”

Couturiax is scheduled to be back in municipal court Wednesday at 1 p.m. for a pretrial hearing.


11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago


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2DwightK(1537 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

He's got a long history of theft

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3eagleye(59 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Scumbag. Someone ought to hacksaw his ankles off like he did to the statue. He'll probably file for disability, food stamps, welfare, Obamacare, and all the other maggot programs. He seems to fit the mold.

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4michael1757(490 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Well we know he's never been in the military,but he could probably use a good blanket party.He seem's a likely candidate.

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5uptowngirl(139 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

The person who is responsible for destroying this statue should be forced to collect donations and hold fundraisers to replace the statue. Jail time, probation and community service is too easy of a sentence for this criminal and unpatriotic act.

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6Silence_Dogood(1675 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

"The person who is responsible for destroying this statue should be forced to collect donations and hold fundraisers to replace the statue"

You want this guy to go around and get OTHER PEOPLE to pay for his crime.
How about the government takes every last dime and every last possession this dirt bag has to his name and uses it to make restitution.
And the lock him up for the maximum allowed by law.

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7DwightK(1537 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

I think he should have to stand on the street holding a sign saying he stole from veterans. maybe he could do it in Hubbard in front of the VFW.

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8Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Useless DNA filthy cockroach is all he is.

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