Bronze Artworks Stolen from Monument/Memorial Fountain Recovered

Published on February 27, 2024

Denver Police Seeking Public’s Help Locating Suspects Involved

Denver – Tuesday, February 27, 2024 – The Denver Police Department announces today the recovery of the three bronze artworks that were stolen from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I have a Dream” monument in Denver’s City Park on February 18, 2024. Denver Police have identified one suspect and are requesting assistance from the community in identifying the second suspect and providing DPD information on the whereabouts of both suspects.

On Wednesday, February 21, 2024, Denver Parks and Recreation maintenance staff noticed three bronze pieces were missing from the “I have a Dream” monument, and the theft was reported to DPD. On Friday, February 23, DPD investigators learned those three bronze pieces, along with seven bronze pieces that were stolen from the Joseph Addison Thatcher Memorial fountain in City Park, were all sold as scrap metal to a local business. Investigators recovered the items and returned them to Denver Arts & Venues, which manages both monuments. The large plaque stolen from the “I have a Dream” monument was cut into four pieces prior to it being sold for scrap. The theft of the bronze pieces from the Thatcher Memorial fountain was unknown until the recovery of the items from the scrap metal business.

Through the investigation, it was determined the theft from the “I have a Dream” monument occurred between approximately 3:30 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 18, 2024. The date and time of the thefts from the Thatcher Memorial fountain have not yet been confirmed. Additionally, 67-year-old Herman Duran has been identified as one of the suspects in the theft. Denver Police are working to identify the second suspect and are seeking the community’s help in locating both individuals.

Because the stolen pieces from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “I have a Dream” monument and Joseph Addison Thatcher Memorial fountain were sold as scrap metal, the incident does not appear at this time to be bias-motivated. However, investigators’ final findings will be presented to the Denver District Attorney’s Office, which determines charges.