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Biblically-inspired statues swiped from cemetery

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HALL COUNTY, Ga. -

Police say a man stole several massive bronze statues inspired by Noah's Ark from a Hall County cemetery.

Hall County's Memorial Park is home to numerous Biblically-inspired statues of animals.

"The theme is a depiction of Noah's Ark -- from hippos to cougars to antelope to rhinoceroses," said Billy Hendrix of Memorial Park Funeral Home.

Officials first noticed them going missing in November. In all, 16 were taken.

"A lion, two wolves... a family of pigs," said Hendrix.

Getting the statues out of the cemetery is no small feat: they weigh up to 600 pounds! The heavy pieces were dragged away, leaving marks along the asphalt.

Sheriff's investigators say they found the thief through a local scrap yard. Police say the thief attempted to sell them for cash.

"To see the full-size life-like structures, cut down into...squares in a trash can, it was really disheartening to see it," Hendrix said.

Police have arrested 48-year-old Jeffrey Moore of Gainesville. He's accused of ruining more than $20,000 worth of art to get money for the metal.

"It's just a sacred place," Hendrix said. "You would just think this would be the last place someone would come and take something. It's just really sad."

Investigators are looking into whether other people were involved in the thefts.

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