Ore. detectives find remains of stolen bronze deer

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Police in the Portland suburb of Beaverton have solved the mystery of the life-sized bronze deer statue stolen from outside a business in the community of Raleigh Hills -- and it's not pretty.

Washington County sheriff's Sgt. Bob Ray says Beaverton detectives went Thursday to the home of a 39-year-old Beaverton man to arrest him in connection with an early morning burglary and theft at a business in that city.

While they were there, they found the remains of the 400-pound bronze deer statue -- cut into pieces in an apparent attempt to sell it for scrap. Sheriff's detectives are now working with Beaverton police on the statue investigation. The deer was reported stolen on March 19.

Chad Ferguson was booked into jail for investigation of burglary, aggravated theft, possession of meth and criminal mischief. Bail was set at $50,000.