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Man steals $4,900 bronze sculpture

ANDERSON, S.C. — The director of a museum in Anderson said a man stole a $4,900 bronze sculpture by stuffing it under his shirt and walking out.

A security camera at the Anderson Arts Center caught the theft Oct. 7, when the museum was closed to the public, but the staff was around, museum executive director Kimberly Spears said.

The man is seen walking up to the sculpture. He looks at its tag, then unlocks an exit door. The man goes back to the artwork, stuffs it under his shirt and walks out the door, Spears said.

The sculpture is called Double Charade and was made by Greenville artist Zan Wells. Spears said the museum discovered it was missing Tuesday.

Mother, toddler die in I-26 accident

ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Authorities have released the names of a mother and toddler who died in a fiery crash on Interstate 26 near Orangeburg.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports that Orangeburg County Chief Deputy Coroner Sean Fogle said the victims were 21-year-old Deshonta Beaufort of Huger and her 23-month-old son Salamo Bell.

The two died in a wreck on the interstate Monday.

The victim’s vehicle was traveling east on the interstate near the U.S. 301 interchange in Orangeburg County when their car left the highway, hit a tree and burst into flames.

In other news

NORTH CHARLESTON CITY officials are breaking ground on a new $42 million public works complex. The groundbreaking was scheduled for Thursday at the site of the building on a 38-acre campus located in the city’s center. Officials say the building will allow the city to streamline public works functions in one location.

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