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Pele\'s arms stolen

September 25 2009
Brazilian man faces prison for defacing the national hero‘s statue A young homeless man in Salvador, north-eastern Brazil, chose the wrong bronze statue for his attempt to profit from selling the increasingly expensive material. People in the city were unlikely to miss the arm of the bronze statue of one of the world's most acclaimed footballers and the country's home-grown hero, Pele. For sawing off the arm of the statue in June this year and stealing the replica World Cup trophy that the figure was holding, 19-year old Jackson Conceicao, could face four years in prison. Mr Conceicao sold the material to a scrap metal yard after stealing it and the local police said that the metal made him 100 reals, or ¬¨¬£27.50. The life-sized statue of the footballer, once stood outside the Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador, celebrated Brazil's 1971World Cup victory against Mexico. While Mr Conceicao awaits his trial, the statue will be restored and moved inside the stadium. Police are still looking for another man who would have helped Mr Conceicao in the theft.