CORRECTION: A previous version of this article said Clyde Jones lives in Carrboro. He lives in Bynum, which is south of Carrboro and Chapel Hill.
Security cameras show that an unusual pair — a banana and a lobster — might have worked together on March 31 to steal artwork valued at $1,000 from the Student Union.
Scott Hudson, senior associate director of operations at the Union, said footage shows four men, including one dressed in a banana suit and one dressed in a lobster costume, entering the Union at about 3 a.m. through an unlocked door. A wooden “critter” made by Bynum artist Clyde Jones was stolen, Hudson said.
Hudson also said the tape shows one of the men carrying a Bull’s Head Bookshop sign as he entered the Union.
Randy Young, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, said the incident occurred at 3:08 a.m. March 31 and that the critter is worth about $1,000.
Hudson said images of the suspects taken from the video surveillance of the break-in will be shown on the monitors in the Union, and a reward will be offered to anyone who can help identify the men.
He said the University will not press charges as long as the critter is returned unharmed.
Young said DPS has linked to images from the surveillance tape on its Facebook and Twitter accounts, and anyone with any information can contact the investigative unit.
The Union isn’t the only building on campus with its own surveillance. There are about 500 security cameras across campus, said Brandon Thomas, facilities services’ communications director, though he couldn’t reveal where those cameras are located.