Vermont State Police Joke About Statue Stolen From ‘Beetlejuice 2’ Set: ‘Tried Saying The Name Three Times… Didn’t Come Back!’

Beetlejuice sculpture
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The set of “Beetlejuice 2” was burglarized, but that didn’t stop law enforcement from cracking jokes about it.

The Vermont State Police posted a photo on X, formerly known as Twitter, referencing Tim Burton’s original “Beetlejuice” film from 1988.

“We tried saying the name of this stolen statue three times, but it didn’t come back!” they joked in a post shared on July 21. 

“We’re investigating the theft of this 150-pound sculpture from the Beetlejuice 2 set in E. Corinth, along with a lamppost topped with a pumpkin decoration,” the post continued. They ended with a plea for more information from the public and a phone number to call.

The sculpture was one of Delia Deetz’s (Catherine O’Hara) creations from the original film.

Tim Burton will return to direct the “Beetlejuice” sequel. It is currently scheduled for a September 6, 2024 release, but that could change depending on how the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes play out. 

Original cast members O’Hara, Michael Keaton, and Winona Ryder are signed on for the project. “Wednesday” star Jenna Ortega is also on the cast roster, along with actors Willem Dafoe and Justin Theroux.

Keaton previously discussed how he and Burton were committed to doing special effects the same way they did with the original rather than relying on CGI. 


“Beetlejuice is the most f***in’ fun you can have working. It’s so fun, it’s so great. And you know what it is? We’re doing it exactly like we did the first movie,” the actor told Empire in June, as The Daily Wire previously reported. “There’s a woman in the great waiting room for the afterlife literally with a fishing line – I want people to know this because I love it – tugging on the tail of a cat to make it move.”

“[Burton] and I were talking about it years and years ago, never telling anybody. I said, if it happens, first of all, we’ve both said we’re doing it many times. We both agreed, if it happens, it has to be done as close to the way we made it the first time,” Keaton continued. 

“Making stuff up, making stuff happen, improvising and riffing, but literally handmade stuff like people creating things with their hands and building something. F***in’ great. It’s the most fun I’ve had working on a movie in, I can’t tell you how long.”

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