UPDATE: Mad Mex Finds Jesus
UDPATE March 26: Jesus was found, along with a written apology from the thief.
ORIGINAL STORY: After a long and adventurous spring break, a college student began searching for Jesus. He found him in a place where no one else would think to look: Mad Mex.
According to the State College Police, Mad Mex’s popular Jesus painting was stolen during its first Margarita Monday the day after students returned to State College. Hidden in the back corner next to Mad Mex’s self-proclaimed ‘Jesus Table,’ a college-aged male reportedly lifted the painting off its supports.
Like a true Vincenzo Peruggia (the man who stole the Mona Lisa), the suspect stealthily ripped the painting off the wall and then snuck out the side door adjacent to the Jesus Table with the three feet by six feet painting of the Lord himself.
“A dishwasher out back saw the man run away with the painting, however, our cameras couldn’t reach that far,” said Kristen Burns, the service manager at Mad Mex .
Although the heist took place on the Monday following break, Mad Mex did not report the stolen art piece until this Monday.
“We gave it a week hoping maybe somebody would bring it back, before we made it official that it was actually gone,” Burns said. “Unless someone just blindly posts a picture of it on Facebook, and somebody sees it, it’s kind of hard to find it.”
The value of Mad Mex’s Jesus painting was valued at more than $1,000. As of right now, the suspect remains at large as the State College Police search for anyone with information regarding the stolen painting.
If you have any tips on how to find Jesus, please contact the State College police.