Investigators first had to determine a key question: What’s a griffin? It turns out it’s a winged-lion thing, maybe three feet tall and made out of cast zinc, two of which sit on stands at the base of the Palace’s outside stairs.
Next they had to determine when the crime occurred. Which was harder than you might think, because it turns out the griffin had been missing for at least five days before anyone noticed.
The Galveston Historical Foundation reported the missing griffin this morning; GHF staff photographer David Canright then went back through recent photos he had taken.
According to the GHF, Canright “went through the photographs he had taken at the First Impression Preview Evening Tour (the opening event of the 34th Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour) this past Friday evening and the griffin was missing in those photographs.”
No one apparently noticed. First impressions don’t count for much, we suppose.
Anyone with information on the missing griffin – assuming you even notice it if you see it – is urged to call the GHF at 409-765-7834. – Richard Connelly
The thief, clearly a fan of Raiders of the Lost Ark (and red plaid), probably left that bag there to avoid tripping any booby traps.