Note with stolen butterfly statue: 'My friend's an idiot'

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- The Women and Children's Alliance said Wednesday morning that the butterfly statue seen taken on surveillance video this week has been returned.

An official told KBOI that the butterfly was returned in a brown paper bag sometime overnight. It's unclear at this point who returned the statue.

Chris Campbell, communications manager with the WCA, said the person who returned the statue in the bag is not the same person seen on the video taking the butterfly. A note in the bag was left behind which said in part, that he was a bystander, they were sorry for taking the butterfly and "my friend's an idiot."

"We are so thankful to all those who shared the photos and video footage and got the word out," Cambell said. "There's no doubt in my mind that someone recognized the person who damaged the statue and took the butterfly - resulting in its quick return. It is a testament to the great community we live in."

But who's the man in the video?

Security cameras showed three young men walking on the sidewalk near the statue Monday night at the Women's and Children's Alliance. One of the individuals walked over to the statue and then reached up and hit the stained glass butterfly repeatedly, and then wrenched it off its base, officials at the shelter said in a news release.

He then rejoined the other guys and they crossed 8th Street and headed toward downtown.

The sculpture was dedicated in October 2011 to commemorate WCA's 100-year anniversary.

The butterfly has been stolen in the past, most recently in May 2012.

Boise Police said all three men are suspects in the theft until their roles in the crime can be determined.

Anyone with information is asked to call 343-COPS.