[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/01/01/madoff.statue/art.madoff.statue.pbdn.jpg caption="The statue was found with a message apparently aimed at the owner, who is charged with securities fraud."]
A statue worth more than $10,000 that was stolen from the Palm Beach, Florida, estate of Wall Street investment adviser Bernard Madoff has been recovered, police said Thursday.
Palm Beach police Sgt. Chris Proscia said the 4-foot-high statue was found Wednesday morning with a message attached to it reading: "Bernie the Swindler, Lesson: Return stolen property to rightful owners."
The statue was stolen December 19, eight days after Madoff was arrested in New York on suspicion of operating a $50 billion Ponzi scheme. He was charged with securities fraud and is under house arrest in New York while awaiting court proceedings.
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