In Wynwood, a nude Donald Trump is no more, and Miami police have a “person of interest.”
A naked statue of the presidential candidate was stolen from the rooftop of the Wynwood Arts Complex, on Northwest Second Avenue and 23rd Street around 3 a.m. Thursday. A witness said he saw three men climb onto the roof, snatch the nude statue and toss it into a truck, according to Miami Herald news partner CBS4.
Miami police said the getaway truck, a 2013 gray Ford F-150, belongs to Pedro Alejandro Rodriguez. The Coral Gables man posts frequently on his Facebook page about Wynwood and says he’s the co-founder and owner of Miami’s Best Graffiti Guide.
He has been convicted of criminal mischief, disorderly conduct and malicious destruction of property in the past, according to public records. He’s registered as a voter with no political affiliation.
The gallery roof was the second Miami stop for the Trump statue. It first appeared last week atop a Wynwood billboard at the request of Mana Wynwood, which paid for the $50,000 statue to appear at its Wynwood and New Jersey properties.
The New Jersey statue was stolen Sunday evening. The theft was a nearly four-hour endeavor, according to The Jersey Journal.
The statues are the work of an activist art collective known as INDECLINE. The collective installed statues in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Cleveland and, most recently, Las Vegas. The Miami and New Jersey statues were the only ones erected with permission from the building owner. The others, which were almost immediately removed in most cases, were more fleeting.
An anonymous spokesperson for the collective said the statues were on a “kamikaze mission” and he’s not surprised the Miami and New Jersey installations were stolen. One of the statues will be auctioned on Oct 22 at a Beverly Hills-based auction house, where it’s expected to net around $10,000 to $15,000.
The title of the piece — “The Emperor Has No Balls” — refers to the statue’s diminutive and incomplete genitalia.