Gloucester police are trying to solve a whimsical crime in which a thief, or thieves, stole a pair of cast-iron sculptures of egrets from one person’s property and replaced them with the concrete statue of a Chinese man that had been stolen earlier from another person’s property.
Detective Tom Quinn said police received a call at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 15, reporting the substitution. The egret sculptures were worth about $300.
After a story ran in the local paper, the owners of the statue of the Chinese man came forth, reporting that it had been stolen from them last June.
Amy Shapiro-Kaznocha, owner of the Chinese man statue, said she and her husband were puzzled when their statue – which was supposed to be part of a labyrinth they were building at their house — was stolen and were glad to get it back.
"It was such an odd thing," she said. "They didn’t take the companion statue, they didn’t touch anything else on the property, they didn’t vandalize anything. It was just bizarre."
The statue represents Confucius, the Chinese philosopher. she said.
Todd English’s Kingfish Hall is $30,000 behind on its rent. The landlord wants him to pay up. Other deadbeats include the Bill Rodgers Running Center, one of the very first tenants in the tourist attraction.
“There’s so much music in existence that you could listen to 20 new records a day every day for the rest of your life and not even touch the middle of the iceberg. So I try and cut a path through to all the stuff that nobody pays attention to.”—Angela Sawyer, proprietor of Cambridge’s Weirdo Records, on why she sells really obscure music.