Canvey: Masked ‘Sith’ tears Yoda out of movies
A life-size Star Wars figure has been stolen from a cinema in Canvey, with a masked man fleeing down the street with the figure under his arm.
The Yoda figure in the Movie Starr Cinema on Eastern Esplanade is usually found next to R2-D2 and Darth Vader, but was stolen on Friday.
Staff gave chase but failed to catch the man, who was captured on CCTV staring at the figure.
He can then be seen picking it up and running away with Yoda in hand.
Movie bosses are appealing to the public to help bring back the beloved Jedi, urging them to keep an eye on the island.
A Movie Starr spokesperson said: “Yoda was robbed at around 4.35pm on Friday.
“A member of staff tried to chase the thief away, but he disappeared.
“All we’re asking is that someone do the right thing and bring it back or if you know who has it, tell them to bring it back, so our customers can enjoy it again.”
The cinema also launched the #BringYodaHome hashtag on social media.
The spokesperson added: “The support on our Facebook has been amazing and all we want is to bring our little Yoda home.
“He means so much to Movie Starr, from customers to staff, because everyone has their own little story with Yoda and our customers love seeing him for pictures and even giving him a hug of all ages.
“It’s a shame someone had to mess this up because we know how much our customers love to see these numbers.”
Yoda has been a staple in movies since 2015, when the franchise was revived with the release of The Force Awakens, and he’s been a hit with customers and kids alike ever since.
An Essex Police spokesman added: ‘We had received a report of theft between 4.36pm and 4.44pm on Friday.
“If you have any information you can submit a report online at www.essex.police.uk or use the Live Chat button to speak to an operator online between 7am and 11pm.
“You can also call us on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
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