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Man tries to steal Uncle Sam statue in Troy
This is a picture of the Uncle Sam statue that was damaged in Troy. -

A Watervliet man is facing felony charges Sunday. He’s accused of trying to steal an Uncle Sam statue in Troy, early Sunday morning. The statue was part of a collection throughout the city streets to benefit local schools.

Troy is the home of Uncle Sam, so it's not uncommon to see statues of the man the U.S. government was nicknamed after in the Collar City.

But early Sunday morning, police say 22 year old Micheal Siler of Watervliet probably loved the statues so much, he wanted to take one with him. They say his eyes were set on the one at the corner of Broadway and Third Street.

You can see the cement slab where it was bolted down, but no statue. Police say Siler was a little messy, because the statue fell on top of him while he was trying to take it away. The head of Uncle Sam also came off. Siler was caught a short time later.

“I would like to meet the guy who took it to give him a piece of my mind,” says Geoffrey Raymond, the professional artist who spent two months putting meaning behind that particular piece. It's the kind of work he does on a regular basis at his studio in Troy.

While he's angry he says he understands when a piece of art is left unattended, anything can happen.

The troy business improvement district that created the project believes it was an isolated incident and they're not worried about more vandalism.


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