Dempsey’s Dutch Boy Stolen

On this day, April 7th 1990 the Dempsey’s Dutch Boy statue was stolen from it’s location on the 5th Street Highway in Muhlenberg.

Dempsey's Dutch Boy Stolen

The 6-foot, 250-pound Dempsey’s Dutch boy statue outside the restaurant at Fifth Street Highway and Bellevue Avenue was lifted right out of its shoes about 3 a.m. Wednesday. The “victim”, however, apparently is not a dyed-in-the-wool Hollander, since his shoes are not wooden, police said. To make matters more confusing, the Dutch boy is made of plaster of Paris, according to officials.

Randy Ehrlich, manager at Dempsey’s, said a witness saw three or four individuals in their late teens of early 20s in a blue van. However, a police report stated that two men in a dark-colored pickup truck were seen. – Reading Eagle

Born and raised in Berks, I am fascinated by the style, design & culture of the mid-late 20th century. I started this website to research and build a collection of the places, things and stories I have heard about my entire life. Read more here.

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michael worsley
michael worsley
9 months ago

Dempseys restaurant use to be at 1001 9th street in reading pa when did it close down could u send me a picture

michael worsley
michael worsley
7 months ago

Hello Alexa it’s Michael worsley how r u I’m a big reading pa fan the dempseys restaurant use to be at 1000 north 9th street and spring and moss streets I remember the dempseys statue the best cheeseburgers and fries can u send me a picture of it

michael worsley
michael worsley
5 months ago

I’m fascinated by the Era of the dempseys restaurant On 8th between Robeson and spring streets best cheeseburgers 1978 til 1981 we ate there from the dempseys the mountains were beautiful up the hill can anyone send me a picture of the dempseys

michael worsley
michael worsley
5 months ago

Was there a Charles and chips factory on 9th street between Robeson and spring I also remember the schraffts candy factory at the vanity fair outlet if any reading pa native know and remember can they send me a old photo thanks Michael worsley

michael worsley
michael worsley
5 months ago

Spring street railroad tunnel you can see all the reading pa houses up on the hills I’m fascinated by it I love the old Spring st images 9th street dempseys restaurant am old dempseys statue Charles n chips on 9th

michael worsley
michael worsley
5 months ago

Was there a dempseys statue on 9th street

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