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Off with his (bobble)head!

While Red Wings fans have been chatting up the team's potential onl and off-ice changes, as Paul noted, something of a bizarre situation's unfolding in Downtown Detroit. Somebody or some bodies apparently decided to decapitate a pair of Fox Sports Detroit's "April in the D" bobbleheads.

Per the Detroit News's Tony Briscoe:

Police are searching for a head hunter of sorts after life-sized bobblehead statues of Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard and Red Wing center Pavel Datsyuk were discovered headless.

Police were dispatched at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning to Campus Martius to investigate the latest whodunit involving the bobblehead made in Howard’s likeness, according to Sgt. Michael Woody.

Vandals apparently made off with Datsyuk’s head last week, according to Greg Hammaren, general manager for Fox Sports Detroit.

“What’s disappointing is that these bobbleheads were supposed to be up for charitable auctions for the Boys & Girls Club of America after they were displayed in the city,” Hammaren said. “Without the heads, the fundraising can’t happen.”

The Detroit Free Press's Eric D. Lawrence reports that the Howard head was found, but Datsyuk's is still missing:

Jimmy Howard’s head has been found.

The head of his bobblehead statue, that is.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said a suspect thought to be behind the theft from a statue in Campus Martius park was arrested today in Allen Park. Police there are also looking at three additional suspects in the theft. The suspects are all in their 20s, according to police.

“The bobblehead is safely in our custody,” Craig said.

It’s unclear how the arrest was made, but it occurred with the community’s help, police said.

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Paul's avatar

Guy in Allen Park sees neighbor taking the head of Jimmy into his home, sees report on TV, calls AP police.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/01/14 at 11:20 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

No offense, George, but I liked Paul’s headline better. “Jimmy Howard’s Head Is Missing” just made so much sense after this year’s season that I jcouldn’t stop laughing.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/01/14 at 11:31 AM ET

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