BOISE --Why would someone steal a glass butterfly from a public statue dedicated to victims of domestic violence?
Folks at the Women's and Children's Alliance in Boise have asked that question twice in the past two years. WCA Executive Director Beatrice Black hopes she won't have to ask a third time.
That's because the butterfly - originally part of a statute called "Taking Flight" -- has been returned to its perch after being vandalized and stolen repeatedly.
The first theft happened in March of 2012. A building security camera showed a group of teens knocking it from the statue's hand -- perhaps on accident, and then deciding they'd like to take the elegant art object home.
The butterfly was returned after the vandalism was reported in the news. Sadly, it was taken again just two months later by a younger man with a shoulder bag.
"It was not an accident, which is what I believe happened the first time," Black told KTVB. "It was very intentional."
The butterfly is valued at $2,000.
Black says the second theft has remained unsolved. Video footage couldn't help police find the thief, or the butterfly.
So, nearly two years after it was first installed, WCA staff kindly asked artist Val Pierce to cast a new one out of bronze.
Pierce's butterfly took its perch for the third time Friday afternoon. The WCA has added more security to make sure it doesn't fly away again. They've installed a new camera and security lights, and two extra-large bolts to secure the butterfly to its namesake statue.
"Hopefully it's home for good," Pierce told KTVB as she showed off the bronze and glass creation.