- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 1, 2002

NORFOLK (AP) "Joliet" Jake Blues is back in town.
For much of the past two years, life-sized sculptures of Jake and his brother, Elwood, had watched over the backstage door at the NorVa music hall downtown. The characters were made famous by comedians John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.
Jake vanished April 3. In the following weeks, tipsters reported seeing the sculpture outside a store in Richmond, on a golf course, in a bowling alley and racing down a Virginia Beach street in a pickup truck.
On Thursday, a pair of Norfolk police detectives, working on a phone clue, found Jake on a front lawn in Chesapeake and returned him.
"My understanding is that he had fallen or been dumped off the back of a truck and landed in this person's yard," Megan Brunner, manager at the NorVa's Backstage Cafe, said yesterday.
It's not clear who took Jake, or why. No charges have been filed.
"We're so happy to get him back. Having a new one wouldn't be the same," Miss Brunner said.
Jake will rejoin his brother outside the cafe once he has been rehabilitated.
"He may need a little elbow surgery, but I think he's going to be OK," Miss Brunner said. "He's hanging out upstairs, trying to recover."

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