The police are continuing to investigate, Mr. Ford said, and they have “already interviewed over 100 people.” The department is also looking into how the statue was dismantled and how the pieces ended up at the location of the fire. Mr. Ford had previously said that the motive for the theft of the monument was not known.
Additionally, the Fire Department’s arson investigators are looking into the trash can fire, he said. In a statement posted on Facebook, the department said that “additional parts of the statue have not been recovered at this time.”
The statue had an estimated value of $75,000, according to League 42, the nonprofit Little League that had it installed in April 2021 at McAdams Park.
The incident has caused an outrage in the community, Bob Lutz, the executive director of League 42, which takes its name for the number Robinson wore, said during an interview on Tuesday.