Thieves Have Been Stealing the Weird Props From the Vermont Set of ‘Beetlejuice 2,’ Including a 150-Pound ‘Abstract Art Statue’

A lamppost with a pumpkin decoration has also gone missing from the set.

A 150-pound sculpture was stolen from the set of the highly anticipated Beetlejuice sequel in Vermont earlier this month, police said. Photo courtesy of Vermont State Police

A 150-pound sculpture was stolen from the set of the highly anticipated Beetlejuice sequel in Vermont earlier this month, police said.

The theft of the sculpture is believed to have occurred at some point between 5 p.m. on July 13 and 11 a.m. on July 17 from a small cemetery in East Corinth, where the film is being shot.

The work, described as an “abstract art statue” by a news release from the Vermont State Police, is an organic form with nine appendages reaching out from a spine. It is reminiscent of artwork, overseen by production design Bo Welch, that decorated the home of the film’s Deetz family, though it is not known if this latest sculpture is the piece from the original 1988 film or a recreation.

“We tried saying the name of this stolen statue three times, but it didn’t come back!” Vermont State Police tweeted. “We’re investigating the theft of this 150-pound sculpture from the Beetlejuice 2 set in East Corinth, along with a lamppost topped with a pumpkin decoration.”

The latter theft, according to the police, occurred just a few days earlier. Movie security personnel reported that, just after midnight on July 14, someone backed up an older model GMC pickup truck to a lamppost featuring a “distinctive pumpkin decoration” on Village Road.

The alleged bandit “removed the lamppost from its base, bundled it into the back of the truck, covered it with a tarp, and fled at a high rate of speed.”

It was not immediately clear if the same suspects are behind both thefts.

Tim Burton and Michael Keaton have teamed up once again for the sequel to the director’s 1988 classic, which won an Academy Award for best makeup and hairstyling. Winona Ryder and Catherine O’Hara, who played Lydia and Delia Deetz respectively in the original movie, will reprise their roles in the film; Jenna Ortega, star of Netflix’s Wednesday, has also joined the cast.

Anyone with information about these thefts is asked to contact the Vermont State Police in St. Johnsbury at 802-748-3111 or leave an anonymous tip online.

 

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