Po­lice look for man dressed as Je­sus af­ter theft.

£500 ceramic chef taken from out­side of city restau­rant

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - JAMIE BUCHAN [email protected]­courier.co.uk

A man dressed as Je­sus is wanted by po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing a stolen statue at a Perth restau­rant.

The £500 ceramic chef, named Geo­vani, was snatched by a mis­chievous “elf” from out­side CriDo’s in the city cen­tre on Satur­day night.

CCTV footage shows a group of men who ap­pear to be fol­low­ing the son of God, with long hair, beard and flow­ing white robes.

But they weren’t out for a last sup­per. A mem­ber of the gang, dressed as a Christ­mas elf, is seen pick­ing up the 80lb statue and drag­ging it along the street, while Je­sus looks on.

And it ap­pears Geo­vani has suf­fered a terrible fate. A pho­to­graph re­ceived by the restau­rant owner shows that the chef has been be­headed and his re­mains dis­carded on a street in Stone­haven, some 70 miles away.

Restau­rant man­ager Mar­ius Pas­calau has ap­pealed for wit­nesses.

“It hap­pened around 7.30pm when we were re­ally busy,” he said.

“We didn’t see any­thing at the time, but we were con­tacted by a mem­ber of staff from a restau­rant along the street a cou­ple of hours later.

“They said they saw a group of men with the statue. They were ap­par­ently danc­ing around it out­side a pub.”

Mr Pas­calau said: “The city was re­ally busy on Satur­day, so this group must have been seen by a lot of peo­ple. They were all in fancy dress so they would have re­ally stood out.”

Geo­vani’s base, in­clud­ing his shoes, was later found dumped on South Street.

A photo posted on so­cial me­dia shows what ap­pears to be the chef’s torso, left against a fence in Westfield Road, Stone­haven.

It’s not clear what has hap­pened to his head.

Mr Pas­calau said: “It’s a real shame. We’ve had him out­side the restau­rant since the sum­mer and he was a real fea­ture of the street.

“Chil­dren loved him and you would of­ten see them hav­ing their photo taken next to him.”

A man dressed as an elf was spot­ted car­ry­ing Geo­vani, with­out his head, along South Street.

Po­lice Scotland has urged any wit­nesses to call the 101 hot­line or freephone Crimestop­pers in con­fi­dence on 0800 555 111, quot­ing in­ci­dent ref­er­ence 4198.

Left: restau­rant man­ager Mar­ius Pas­calau who is ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses; above: “Je­sus” caught on CCTV leav­ing the scene; be­low: the head­less statue was found in Stone­haven.

Above: Geo­vani out­side CriDo’s; right: CCTV from the restau­rant.

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