by Andrew Crisp
The Boise Police Department reports that a colorful butterfly, missing from the outstretched palm of a statue in front of the Women's and Children's Alliance on North Eighth and West Washington streets, has been returned to its home.
According to security tapes, at around 2 a.m. on March 24, a group of young men broke the butterfly from its perch, escaping the view of the security camera and leaving the butterfly on the ground. Later it was placed back in the statue's hand, however unsecured.
After 4 p.m. that same day, a group of four young men and women, which BPD guesses are high school or junior high-aged, removed the butterfly from its perch, placing it in the backpack of a ponytailed female. It's unclear if the early vandalism was related to the theft.
The portion of the statue was valued between $1,000-$2,000, with a $1,000 reward put out for its return. However, the butterfly returned without much fanfare.
Following a late March report of the theft from outside the domestic violence shelter, a man walking his dog reported to WCA employees that the butterfly had been returned, lying not far from a bench by the entry of the building. It has been restored to its original place in the statue's hand.