The drama over the Capitola tiki continues... we've been following the story of a tiki installed by local surfers last July on the beach at Capitola, California. The City Council threatened to remove it, then decided to keep it, and now the statue has been stolen by mysterious local hoodlums.
Capitola police on Sunday reported that the 3-foot-tall wooden totem that community members rallied behind this past fall was stolen sometime Saturday night or early Sunday from its village berth.
Capitola police Sgt. Mark Gonzalez, who was notified of the crime by a Santa Cruz Sentinel reporter who was tipped to the theft by a community member, said it appears the tiki was carried away as there were no drag marks in the flower bed around it.
"There were 8-inch spikes drilled into the bottom, and the spikes were secured in concrete," Gonzalez said. "Someone would have really had to push or kick the tiki over to remove it from the base.
Gonzalez asked that anyone who knows anything about the theft to call the department at (831) 475-4242 or the anonymous tip line at (831) 475-2791.