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British Police Hunt for Stolen Bronze Sculpture


British police are searching for thieves who made off with a bronze sculpture "A Reclining Figure" by the late artist Henry Moore.

Police say they are working closely with the sculpture's owner, the Henry Moore Foundation, in efforts to ensure the safe return of the artwork, valued at more than four million dollars. They say the foundation is offering a reward.

Officials say they are investigating all possible motives for the crime, including that the thieves might try to melt down the sculpture and sell it for scrap.

Officers say the men entered the foundation's grounds in Hertfordshire, north of London, Thursday night, loaded the sculpture on a truck and drove off.

Henry Moore created some of modern art's most recognizable sculptures, including large abstract works cast in bronze or carved from stone. He died in 1986.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.