Multiple instances of metal theft, including public art, were reported at Vallejo City Hall, according to a press release issued by the city on Thursday. One of the three statue heads on the fountain between City Hall and the JFK Library was stolen. The missing statue head belongs to Francisca Benicia Carrillo, the wife of Gen. Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, after whom the city was named. The other two statue heads have been stored away for security reasons as authorities investigate the theft.
In addition to the statue theft, the “City Hall” sign at the front entrance of the building was taken down after two letters were noticed missing. Thieves also stole some handrails in front of the building, which have since been replaced.
Vallejo city officials expressed concern over the ongoing issue of metal theft in the city and stated that they will continue to evaluate options to enhance security and find alternative locations for art display.