Regulars of the "Minimes-Théâtres Romains" funicular station have undoubtedly noticed for three weeks the disappearance of the statue of Neptune, which was usually at its exit.

The reason is simple: it disappeared, after being stolen, on the night of February 24 to 25.

As Le Progrès


, three friends aged 22 to 23 have been identified for this theft thanks to CCTV images.

It was 5:30 a.m. on February 25 when the band returned from a party.

Arrived at Place des Minimes, the Lyonnais took it into their heads to steal this beautiful replica of the bronze statue of the 2nd century discovered in 1859 in the bed of the Rhône in Lyon, and measuring all the same 1.43 m.


On 02/25 at 5:30 a.m., Place des Minimes in #Lyon, 3 individuals returning from the evening stole a statue after having torn it from its support.

🔴 Arrested and placed in GAV

↪️ Statue returned

⚖️ Summoned in May 2022 for a criminal composition at the MJD of Lyon 8th

– National Police 69 (@PoliceNat69) March 18, 2022

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A first suspect identified and taken into custody

The size challenge does not scare them: they detach it from its support, with some damage to the key, and take it to one of their accommodations, not far from there, in the 5th arrondissement.

For an original decoration idea?

The first suspect identified by the cameras was taken into custody on Wednesday.

He admitted the facts, and directed the police to his two acolytes, who were also placed in police custody.

The three young people obviously returned the statue, therefore damaged, this Friday.

Unknown to the police, the trio was left free at the end of their police custody, with a summons in May to the House of Justice and Law of Lyon.

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