By ESTEVAN MEDRANO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
An dragon carved from an ivory tusk was stolen from the front lobby of the former Port Isabel Yacht Club building, which is currently being renovated and repurposed into a culinary school. The elaborately painted carving is worth an estimated $5,000 to $6,000. City Manager Edward Meza noticed its absence the morning of April 20 after being informed by an employee of its disappearance. Local authorities were and have gathered information on the burglary, though have no substantial leads as of press time.
“There was a forced entry on the side of the door,” said Detective Armando Mora who was assigned to the case. “We’re hoping that someone will come forth and give us information that will help us,” he said.
He suspects the burglary was committed by more than one individual due to the weight and elongated shape of the piece. The property is fenced off, but investigators noticed a vulnerable area where the fencing was not tied down properly and could be pulled open and lifted.
Police ask anyone with information about the item’s whereabouts, or any leads on who is responsible for the theft, to contact Armando Mora at (956)943-2727.
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