The Grinch is real: Huge candy cane stolen

By | December 23, 2008

The Grinch is real: Huge candy cane stolen

A Grinch-like — but apparently strong — thief has made off with an 80-pound vintage candy cane sculpture from the roof of Testa’s restaurant.

The custom piece was one of four identical holiday accents on display above the Royal Poinciana Way eatery when it was snatched sometime between 10 p.m. Thursday and 1:30 a.m. Friday, according to a police report.

“The decoration has a body made of three metal stove-like exhaust pipes,” the report states. “The two outside pipes are striped red and white and the middle pipe is striped green and white. The decoration has a large black sheet metal bow and a plaster painted face.”

The sculpture was wired in place and apparently was taken by a thief or thieves who made it to the top of the building using a ladder on the property behind a 12-foot locked metal fence.

The decorations have been in the family, and on annual display, since 1947, according to Joe Scheerer, a member of the family that owns and operates the island mainstay.

“They were from an Orange Bowl parade,” he said. “My great-grandfather bought them.” … -palmb

As the economy continues to get worse, people are stealing everything … even Jesus.

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