The sculpture sat behind the bar at Peter’s Inn, Baltimore’s unassuming, award-winning Fells Point restaurant. (No surprise that it’s John Waters’s pick for “the best restaurant in all of Baltimore.”)
The bronze sculpture was dramatic looking, to say the least — a pair of twin human babies suckling a giant, stylized wolf. Those twins were, presumably, Romulus and Remus, the two legendary founders of Rome; in 1918, the sculpture was presented to Samuel L. Fuller, the head of the Rome Red Cross during World War II. Fuller happens to be Peter’s Inn owner Karin Tiffany’s great grandfather, so the sculpture wasn’t just a badass piece of art; it was also a beloved family heirloom. And last week, right before Thanksgiving, someone stole it.
“I’m a city girl,” Tiffany says. “I’ve been burglarized when I was sleeping, I’ve been mugged on 25th Street. But this belongs to my family, and it feels personal. I think I’d rather get mugged again [than lose this statue].”
Tiffany’s not exactly sure what happened; the bartender stepped out for a smoke, and the next time anyone noticed, the wolf statue was gone. There were a couple of moderately drunk girls hanging out at the bar who may have stolen it on a lark–but, as Tiffany points out, the solid-bronze statue isn’t something you can just slip into your purse and walk away with. It probably weighs about 50 pounds.
Tiffany has filed a police report, posted on the restaurant’s website, and otherwise spread the news of the theft, but no clues have turned up so far.
The loss of the statue dampened Tiffany’s holiday weekend. “What’s left of my family was down in Texas for Thanksgiving. I didn’t call them, because I didn’t want to have to explain what happened, or talk about the big bad wolf of Baltimore. It’s just sad.”
While she’s curious about who stole it (and why), Tiffany just wants her heirloom returned. “If someone stole it as a joke, I’d like it back. And if they’re scared to return it, I’d still like it back,” she says. “No questions asked.” She’s offering a $500 reward for its safe return. If you have any information, reach out to Peter’s Inn by calling (410)675-7313 — or, if you’d rather contact us here at Baltimore Fishbowl, you can email us at [email protected]wl.com.
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