Suspect Admits Stealing Girl’s Pig-on-a-Bicycle Artwork

By NBC Bay Area Staff
|  Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013  |  Updated 11:24 AM PDT
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Suspect Admits Stealing Girl’s Pig-on-a-Bicycle Artwork

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A suspected thief says he sold a 7-year-old girl’s "pink pig lawn ornament" for $5.

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A transient is under arrest, accused of stealing a little girl's favorite decoration, ripping it off right out of her family's front yard.

Newark police arrested 23-year-old Charles Boukis on Tuesday. They say he admitted to snatching the girl's pink pig lawn ornament from the home on Dairy Avenue.

The artwork was reported stolen back in May.

The 7-year-old girl has autism. The decoration, which features the pig riding a bicycle with rainbow-colored wheels, was a favorite, given to the girl as a gift from her grandfather.

The suspect says he sold the actual lawn ornament to another man for $5.

A parent in the community has donated a replacement to the family.

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