Reward for return of politician’s bust

Published: 4/20/2016 2:01:02 AM

SPRINGFIELD – After a life-size bust of former state representative Anthony M. Scibelli was stolen from outside a Springfield club, a city councilor is offering a $500 reward for its safe return or information leading to the arrest of the thief.

The bust of Scibelli was stolen from its pedestal outside the Mount Carmel Society during the weekend. At-large Councilor Timothy J. Rooke is offering the reward, according to MassLive.

Scibelli represented Springfield’s South End for nearly five decades until his death in 1998. The $35,000 statute was dedicated in 1999.

In a statement, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said that police are actively investigating the theft, including completing a full review of security camera video footage in the area. 

"First of all I am very saddened to hear that these despicable individuals would do this. State Representative Tony Scibelli is legendary in his efforts to help Springfield and the South End,” Sarno said. “We will work with the Police Department to find out what happened and get it back, and follow through with what punishment must be rendered. It is deeply disheartening how people do not respect and learn from history."

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