UPDATE: This is a serious, sad story that obviously has a lot of personal grief to it. However, we are hearing unconfirmed reports on the identity of the backhoe driving accomplice which, if true, will really make this the Tiger Woods story for nerds. We won’t post until we have confirmation, but…DEVELOPING.
The headline is funny…but the story is not. Frank Frazetta Jr,. son of the famed fantasy artist, was arrested last night and accused of stealing over $20 million in paintings from the family museum that housed them.
Alfonso Frank Frazetta, 52, of Marshalls Creek was arrested by state police at Swiftwater and charged with burglary, theft by unlawful taking and criminal trespass.
According to the police report, Frazetta, with the help of an accomplice on a backhoe, broke through the museum door and took about 90 paintings on Wednesday afternoon.
Frazetta Jr. and his accomplice were loading the paintings into a truck when they were apprehended. The younger Frazetta is being held on $500,000 bail while charges are pending on the still unnamed accomplice.
While we are not privy to the family dynamics that created this sad episode, Ellie Frazetta, who managed the museum and most Frazetta Sr. business, passed away in the summer. It isn’t hard to draw a line between that event and evident sprawling family turmoil.