Shrek Nappers Strike as 200-Pound Statue Vanishes
A 200-pound cement statue of Shrek, the loveable ogre from the popular DreamWorks animated movie franchise, has vanished in a small Massachusetts town, and the police are investigating.
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The Hatfield Police Department said on Facebook that the statue on Mountain Road in the western Massachusetts town has gone missing. Police have issued a Be On The Lookout (BOLO) for the green ogre, and authorities are asking for help with the Shrek hunt.
The Shreknapping has baffled authorities, with the Hatfield Police Department in Massachusetts calling on whoever stole the ode to the ogre to return him to his swamp.
Police shared an image of the artist’s take on the legendary DreamWorks character alongside the text: “Have you seen me?”
A spokesperson for the Hatfield Police Department told Boston.com that the statue is “iconic” in the small town of just over 3,000 people. The owner told authorities that the figure is worth about $500, but the owner said, “it’s priceless.”
“It’s not something that could be easily moved around,” a police spokesperson said. “There are evident drag marks that he did not go willingly. The owner is devastated that he’s gone and would really like him to come back.”
It is unknown if Shrek and his sidekick, Donkey, set out on a new adventure, but the police hope he will return soon.
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Shrek started his Hollywood career in 2001, featuring Mike Myers as the voice of the lovable ogre, with Eddie Murphy voicing his sidekick Donkey and Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona. The films parody other fairy tales and launched a string of sequels and spinoff movies about the antisocial ogre and his friends.
The original Shrek movie spawned multiple sequels, including the Puss in Boots movie series, whose latest chapter, “Puss in Boots – The Last Wish,” was released in December and has already grossed $340 Million. The Shrek series ended with 2010’s Shrek Forever After, but a Shrek 5 film could happen one day. Recently, Comedian Eddie Murphy said he would love to come back to voice Donkey again, hopefully in his own Donkey spinoff.
200-pound Shrek statue goes missing in small Massachusetts town, police are investigating https://t.co/7vy6DmxZwe
— GameSpot (@GameSpot) February 2, 2023
Hatfield Police are looking for this approximate 200lb cement SHREK SCULPTURE that went missing from his home on Mountain Rd. If you have any information, you are asked to call the department or return him in the condition you found him.
It's 200 POUNDS!! pic.twitter.com/3MEuNDJAN8
— Nick Aresco (@ArescoNick) February 2, 2023
A bizarre 200 pound Shrek statue has been stolen with the police requesting it to be returned. https://t.co/hTlpdhlFJp pic.twitter.com/W6YWQd258H
— Screen Rant (@screenrant) February 2, 2023
This is not the first time a likeness of a character from the 2001 animated movie has been stolen.
A heavy, 5-foot-tall wooden statue of Shrek’s loyal sidekick, Donkey, was stolen in the town of Birchington in the United Kingdom in October 2018. The statute was hand carved from wood and reportedly weighed as much as a grand piano, requiring a crane to lift it.
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“If you have any information of his current whereabouts, please reach out to our department or return him in the condition you found him,” the police department said. “The dragon sculpture he lives with is frustrated and lonely.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Hatfield Police Department at 413-247-0323
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