A frog Mariachi Band has been reunited in Nanaimo, after one member was returned under what police call “suspicious circumstances”.
Nanaimo RCMP says it played out like a John le Carré spy thriller. On Saturday night as the clock struck midnight, a dark coloured sedan pulled up in front of the detachment.
“Within seconds, a dark figure appeared and moving with speed and agility never seen before, the male leapfrogged the front steps and dropped Mariachi frog [statue] at the front door. Suddenly, the mystery man was back in his vehicle, speeding off, never to be seen again,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP in a release.
Officers still quickly rushed to the front doors, but it was too late.
“We might never know who took the Mariachi frog or why it was returned in such a way. Nevertheless, we are so pleased that Mariachi frog didn’t
croak and we were able to reunite him with the other band members,
said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.
The band belonged to Marc Johnston, who had forget to lock his truck up one evening. All the members were stolen, and thieves also made off with a suitcase of his clothing, power tools and several personal items.
Police say they recognized how distressed Johnston was and scoured the surrounding area.
They found three of the four under a nearby staircase.
The frogs have been with Johnston for some time and are very unique, representing an authentic Mexican Mariachi band.
The final statue only had a few dents and scrapes. The owner has been contacted by phone and told of the good news.