Acting on an anonymous tip, Sheriff’s deputies in Coos County, Oregon, surprised two 21-year-olds and two teens as they hacked apart a stolen statue of Charlie the Tuna with a chainsaw. Despite the reckless theories of internet blowhards, Charlie’s theft appears to have been the act of simple drunk idiots, and his dismemberment was an attempt to dispose of the evidence.
The filleted remains of the big fish will be burned, according to a story in the Coos Bay World, and its ashes will be buried under a headstone at the Charleston Visitor Center. As if this wasn’t enough reason to visit Charleston, a new Charlie will be chainsaw-carved next weekend, and placed in Charlie’s original spot.
We like the whole death-and-resurrection angle, and can think of one or two other wooden statues that might profit from being reborn….