STUDENT CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH PETERSEN SCULPTURE THEFT
AMES, Iowa -- An Iowa State University student was arrested early Tuesday evening (Sept. 19) in connection with the theft of a portion of the Christian Petersen "Marriage Ring" sculpture.
Department of Public Safety officials charged Nick Ryan Johnson, 22, an ISU senior, with felony criminal mischief and felony theft, both Class C felonies. Johnson will be transported to the Story County Jail.
DPS officers said a follow-up investigation on information they received late Monday led to Johnson's arrest.
The Petersen sculpture, which is in the lobby of MacKay Hall, was a gift to the university from students in the class of 1941. It depicts several children playing around a fountain. On Thursday, Sept. 14, the head of one of the children was removed and stolen.