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].”