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Iconic ‘Dancer’ Sculpture In Cerritos ‘Beheaded’ by Thieves

 HMG-CN Staff Report


In what is becoming a common occurrence, yet another expensive bronze sculpture set was stolen in the city of Cerritos overnight.

The structure called “Dancer”was stolen from in front of the mattress Gallery on the corner of one of the busiest intersections in Cerritos-Artesia and Bloomfield-sometime Friday night or early Saturday morning.

Police investigators were at the scene taking pictures when they were spotted by Hews Media Group-Community News Publisher Brian Hews.

City of Cerritos employees examine the "Dancer" art sculpture that was "beheaded" by robbers early Saturday morning.   Randy Economy Photo

City of Cerritos employees examine the “Dancer” art sculpture that was “beheaded” by robbers early Saturday morning. Randy Economy Photo

Hews inquired as to why they were there and the officers told him that the head of the structure and also the letters City of Cerritos were stolen.

City workers tell HMG-CN that the city’s insurance agency has visited the site to take estimates and city crews were there Saturday afternoon to place a tarp over the structure.

This is another of many incidents where sculptures have been stolen in Cerritos, the “Children” on South and Carmenita were recently removed when one sculpture was stolen and others in the city have been damaged from attempted thefts.  Another valuable piece of art work depicting the iconic leader  Mahatma Gandhi was also recently ripped from its foundation at Alondra and Carmentia.

The “Dancer” was considered to be one of the most valuable pieces of public art in Cerritos.






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Lets just blame the illegal aliens shall we? Thieves come in all colors and shapes. Can anyone prove illegal aliens are behind this? Racism is very well still alive.

McMahon, J.

Saturday, August 10, 2013. • Two sides of the pancake to examine. • Don’t support stealing, but is this really stealing, as the property is in Bankruptcy. Dirty money chasing dirty money crimes. Poor man on the end of the food chain of bankruptcy maybe was never paid, so trying to cash in on money owned for his labor. • How many times, has this stolen art been vandalized or bathed in bubbling vandal soap suds. How many time has the art garden been addressed in Property Preservation Commission for non compliance. • Plottage home to Cer newest apartments… Read more »

McMahon, J.

Sunday, August 11, 2013 Yesteryears ……….PERMANENT BARROWING- STEALING……….| 60 Yrs of Legal Stealing!!! Today it is art, which is an easy prey for anyone to cash out for metal value. Yesteryears, thieves capitalized on many objects of prey. • 50’s- Stealing of Horticulture and tropical palm trees from gardens. Stealing of rear bumper mounted decorative spare tires. Shop lifting was born from Bog Box stores. Blackmail was growing speed, for tax free freeway to wealth. Post WW2 Vets were stealing benefits to stay alive. Free restaurants was eating one way thru grocery stores. Vets encouraged tax free prostitution. • 60’s-… Read more »


This will continue as long as the illegal aliens et all figure that they can profit from sealing the metal and selling it to unscrupulous fences. Sorry but it is the sign of the times now, Detroit style! As a society we continue to loose our sense of value at all levels! This is a DIRECT result of ‘diversification’ where historical items and things of beauty mean LITTLE to people NOT FROM here and have no stake in living here except to get free stuff from ‘Santa Claus’ AKA the democrat party for voting for them CONTINUALLY!


FLF you are so IGNORANT!!!! Learn how to SPELL and or use proper grammar (loose for lose) before posting such idiotic comments.


Seemed to have touched a libera nerve..

ha ha ha ha ha ha …how’s that hope and change and diversity thing working out for ya?