SALEM (CBS) – A key piece of evidence in a larceny case in Salem has vanished. And police say warm temperatures are to blame.

Back on February 12, the dragon head was allegedly cut out of a sculpture and stolen by two men who were caught lugging the head down Essex Street.

The two men were charged with felony larceny. That dragon head was recovered and placed in a police evidence storage freezer.

Unfortunately, the refrigerator suffered an electrical malfunction on Tuesday and most of the evidence melted.

The Salem Patch says an officer discovered the melted sculpture head while performing a post-weekend check of the evidence room.

“The refrigerator must have stopped working sometime over the weekend because the ice sculpture head that was in the freezer was 75 percent melted,” police told the Salem Patch.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

Reenus Osthook with the Salem Chamber of Commerce says local businesses had pooled their money to buy the $385 dragon sculpture.

“I don’t think that it should make any difference whatsoever whether the sculpture melts away or not,” he said. “The perpetrators got caught in the act… They should be going to court and be convicted of the crime.”

Comments (27)
  1. sullyinma says:

    Sounds like something you’d see on a Three Stooges program. Does anyone remember the one when they were selling ice, and all the blocks would melt before they got to the top of the stairs to make the delivery? ROTFLMAO!!!

    1. Cynthia says:


      1. YeahWhoStoleThatIceSculpture says:

        This is strong evidence of how much of the news is orchestrated and receiving national attention after the coup and cover up. Unelected officials have taken over Washington and the daily news cycle.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

        The biggest cover up is exposed here

    2. Jeanne says:

      Actually, it reminds me of an old Twilight Zone episode where a wife killed her husband with a frozen leg of lamb and then invited the investigating police team to dinner for being so nice and keeping her company. They, of course, ate the evidence.

      1. rpstrong says:

        …which was based on a short story by Roald Dahl (“Lamb to the Slaughter”).

      2. Blaidd_Drwg says:

        Not to nitpick but that was an Alfred Hitchcock episode.

      3. Red Ruffensore says:

        That was an episode of the Alfred Hitchcock show.

      4. rpstrong says:

        And for those who want to read the short story, it is available here:

      5. rpstrong says:

        …and the Hitchcock episode on youtube:

  2. Karl says:

    Note to self. Decline Jeanne’s kind invitation to dinner Saturday evening.

    1. KC says:

      LOL But heard Jeanne’s lamb chops are to die for.

  3. mmarcia says:

    Remember Bert and Ernie talking about Ernie’s ice cube collection?

  4. yamstar1 says:

    Looks like the prosecution’s case is melting away. Not for nothing but, is the Essex County DA really going to prosecute this petty larceny case? Weren’t the perps caught “stone cold”! Make them pay the $300 and move on

    1. lipbalmaddict says:

      I agree. Sounds a little ridiculous. Probably cost more to store it than the ice sculpture was even worth!

  5. Chillin' says:

    The Ice Man Cometh:

  6. Jhny says:

    Looks Like a Cold Case heating up to a non- issue!

  7. Hoser says:

    Wow. Everything is a felony now.

    1. Conservative Jeff says:

      How else are they going to fill up all those privatized prisons?

  8. BlownfuelCoupe says:

    What a bunch of Ice holes.

  9. BlownfuelCoupe says:

    This Gang has learned their painful lesson.

    Their next Gig is to Heist a Sand Sculpture.

  10. Dem. Journalist says:

    Global Warming.

  11. Rick O'Shea says:

    Bush did it.

  12. OldOllie says:

    The perps should be sentenced to listen to all the puns in these comments. Now THAT would be an appropriate PUNishment!

  13. Geroge Bush says:

    Sounds more like 2 drunk guys pulling a stupid prank than a real felony robbery.
    These guys deserve community service more than a felony conviction as long as they don’t have a record.