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Excuse Me, but is that a Hollywood Star in Your Pocket?

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Someone walked off with Gregory Peck's star on Hollywood Boulevard sometime between Nov. 17 and Nov. 22, says Hollywood's honorary Mayor Johnny Grant. Authorities believe the perp (yeah, we know we watch too much Law & Order) used a cement saw to hack off one of the Boulevard's original stars. Begs the question, didn't anyone notice a saw being used? And why didn't anyone notice sooner?

According to an Associated Press news report:

Peck's star is the fourth star to be stolen since the Walk of Fame was begun in 1960. Some 2,200 stars are now part of the walkway. Years ago, stars honoring Jimmy Stewart, Kirk Douglas and Gene Autry disappeared after they were removed during construction projects, but the stars for Stewart and Douglas were recovered, Grant said.

For those of you who may not be familiar with Gregory Peck, he was one of the country's pre-eminent actors, most famous for his roles as lawyer Atticus Finch in
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To Kill a Mockingbird (for which he won Best Actor Oscar) and as the journalist/foil to Audtrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.

So why someone would steal old Greg's star, we haven't a clue. But we hope whomever doesn't get any crazy ideas about what to steal next.

Quick, has someone checked his crypt in Our Lady Queen of Angels?