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Missouri men allegedly tried to steal Al Capone statue

Two men allegedly tried to steal that image of Al Capone out of the Ohio Club in Hot Springs, Arkansas, according to reports.
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Two Missouri men were arrested after they allegedly tried to steal a statue of Al Capone outside a bar in Arkansas during St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Mason Potter, Jr., 24, and Andrew Vaughn, 25, was arrested Saturday outside the Ohio Club in Hot Springs, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

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Bar owner Mike Pettey told the news outlet that just after midnight, someone said to him, “I just saw Al [Capone] down on the sidewalk.”

No, the notorious Chicago mafia boss was not back from the criminal life after death. What the patron saw was a life-size statue of the late gangster who Pettey purchased when he came across the bar nearly a decade ago. The bar, according to its website, has been around since 1905 and is a hot spot for gangsters, including Capone and Bugsy Siegel, a major figure in the development of the famous Las Vegas Strip..

The town of Hot Springs, which is about 45 miles southwest of Little Rock, was once a popular destination for gangsters.

Pettey said, after he heard about the attempted robbery, he was able to talk with the two men and the recovering of Capone.

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The statue suffered $1,000 worth of damage, but Pettey said: “he expects a full recovery.”

Potter and Vaughn were allegedly charged with public drunkenness and criminal mischief.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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