Greeley police looking for missing macaroni stolen from sculpture

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GREELEY, Colo. –It’s like looking for a noodle in a haystack, but police are doing their best to find some pasta that went missing from a Greeley sculpture.

Officials said the macaroni was stolen off of the large fork sculpture in the downtown plaza at 8th Avenue and 9th Street. Although police say it’s a humorous happening, they are taking the situation very seriously.

According to Lt. Carl Alm with Greeley Police, the noodles went missing sometime between the end of the city’s FridayFest event and Saturday morning. The noodles were glued on the sculpture, and city officials aren’t sure how they were removed.

The sculpture, titled “Say Cheese,” was created by artist Justin Deister, and was on loan to the plaza location. Deister still owns the piece, which is valued at an estimated $8,000, according to Greeley’s public art coordinator Kim Snyder. The city is responsible for the sculpture’s repairs.

Police are currently looking at surveillance cameras in the area and are investigating  physical evidence that may be on the sculpture such as fingerprints.

“I’m guessing late night alcohol was a contributing factor,” Alison Hamling of Greeley’s Downtown Development Authority told the Greeley Tribune.

Hamling says this week’s FridayFest will be holding the “Naked Fork Food Drive” in light of the naked fork sculpture. People who attend are asked to bring non-perishable food items that will be given to the Weld County Food Bank.