Extra! Shadowy Thugs Boost Gregory Peck's Star! Fake Hollywood Mayor Not A Suspect!

Even after fourteen consecutive hours of intense, good-cop/bad-cop curbside interrogation ("Johnny, Johnny, I just want to help, but my partner here, he's nuts!) about actor Gregory Peck's recently stolen star on the Walk of Fame, LAPD officers couldn't squeeze a confession out of honorary Hollywood mayor Johnny Grant. After a sidelong reference to rusty pliers and fingernails, a shaken Grant did, however, admit that he occasionally spends an entire evening sitting next to Rita Hayworth's star, weeping and drinking a bottle of five-dollar wine from a paper bag.

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