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Heroic ‘Caesar’ returns home

A 51-year-old Sydney woman has been charged over the theft of a $40,000 bronze statue of ‘Caesar’ an heroic canine from the Vietnam War.

Police say the woman, and a 39-year-old Liverpool man will appear in court later this month after being charged with the alleged theft of the statue in Sydney’s south-west last year.

The alleged theft happened in the early hours of Thursday 12 December 2019, at Edmondson Park Railway Station.

The statue of the dog, known as Caesar, is celebrated as one of 11 local tracker dogs that saved the lives of their handlers during the Vietnam War.

Officers from Liverpool City Police Area Command commenced an investigation and obtained CCTV footage of a silver car which drove into the railway station car park on Croatia Avenue.

A man and a woman were seen to park the car and return a short time later.

After numerous attempts, the man managed to remove the statue and place it into the boot of the car, before driving away.

The pair have been charged with stealing and granted conditional bail to appear before Liverpool Local Court on 30 September.

The bronze statue of Caesar has been recovered by police and is being assessed for damage.

Police would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance. 

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