Police: Crab costume stolen from Crabcakes & Cannabis returned

Buddy C. Weed has been returned to its owner. (Courtesy Annapolis police)

A stolen baked crab costume has made its way back home.

The costume was returned, and its owner won’t be pursuing criminal charges for the theft, police in Annapolis, Maryland, tweeted in an update Friday evening.

Though they didn’t have all the details, Annapolis police spokesperson Sgt. Amy Miguez said, “I think someone realized that it was a bad decision that they made and they made contact with the owner, returned it, and the owner is good with that happening.”

The 4-foot crab costume, known as Buddy C. Weed, was stolen Wednesday night during a Halloween-themed event at Acme Bar and Grill on Main Street in the 100 block of Main Street, police said.

Buddy is the mascot to Crabcakes & Cannabis, which sells pot-themed apparel and accessories. The local company posted about its missing “best bud” online, estimating its time of disappearance as somewhere between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, the night before Halloween.

“While packing Buddy’s claws and pants at the end of the night for safe keeping, Buddy’s shell was abducted by an unknown perpetrator,” the company said on its website. “The following morning, our team filed a police report for our missing person (mascot).”

While police were investigating, the owner told them that the costume was returned Friday.

So … did someone nab the stoned shellfish to wear to a Halloween party?

Miguez couldn’t say; the costume is used for business purposes, but it’s not an impossible theory.

“It would’ve been a very bad decision since, I think, most of Maryland was on the lookout for it,” Miguez said. “It’s never good to take something that doesn’t belong to you, especially when it’s a 4-foot-wide crab costume.”

WTOP’s Teta Alim and Kristi King contributed to this report.

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