UPDATED September 22 3:39 p.m.: Miami’s first naked statue of presidential hopeful Donald Trump was gone in a flash.
According to witness reports cited by CBS 4 a brazen trio scaled the single-story building in Wynwood where the Trump statue stood, nabbed the nude Republican facsimile and threw it into the bed of a truck waiting below.
They then sped off.
A person of interest has since been named by city police: 36-year-old Pedro Alejandro Rodriguez.
The Miami statue originally appeared atop a billboard promoting the III Points festival in Wynwood last week, courtesy of art collective INDECLINE, the same group that planted naked Trump sculptures in major cities around the U.S.
INDECLINE later revealed its arrival in Miami was at the behest of developer Moishe Mana, who regularly bashes Trump on his personal Facebook page.
Not long after its appearance, the statue was moved to another Mana-owned property after police said it would distract drivers on I-95.
Another Trump statue was reported stolen from Mana’s sprawling art complex in New Jersey, Mana Contemporary, on Monday. No word yet if the thefts are connected.
“The theft of the sculpture will not undermine our determination to stand strong for what it represents and what we want to communicate: a profound statement against any forms of bigotry, racism, and discrimination during this presidential election campaign,” Mana Contemporary Eugene Lemay said in a statement to The Real Deal. [CBS 4] — Sean Stewart-Muniz