We all scream for ice cream

By Lawyers Weekly|04 March 2012

There's obviously not a hell of a lot going on in the little US town of Salem if this little incident is the talk of the town ...Even with a torrid history of burning the odd witch or two at the…

There's obviously not a hell of a lot going on in the little US town of Salem if this little incident is the talk of the town ...

Even with a torrid history of burning the odd witch or two at the stake, the news that one of its best-known lawyers has been questioned in relation to disappearance of several ice cream signs from the front of a local business is these days enough to make headlines.

The Salem News reports that police have questioned Raymond Buso, a well-known criminal defence lawyer, in connection with the disappearance of the signs from outside the popular Rita's Italian Ice.

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Five signs, worth at least $35 each, were snatched from the area in front of the shop, with three of the thefts being caught on camera.

During one of the incidents, the shop's owner confronted a man who police later recognised as Buso, and followed him home with her mobile phone camera rolling.

"I'm beside myself," said a naturally distraught Cynthia Weaver, who has owned the ice cream shop for the past few years and says she doesn't know Buso.

The kafuffle commenced when another business owner saw the sign being cut away from its stand and followed the man. As he passed Rita's, he alerted Weaver, who ran out to confront the audacious sign-stealer, but he ignored her and kept walking, carrying the sign in a discreet, bright green grocery bag.

A nearby ambulance crew witnessed "the commotion" and, no doubt in shock, called police. Meanwhile, Weaver continued to follow and film the suspect through downtown Salem until he went into his condo and locked the gate.

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Unfortunately for Buso, he was recognised on the footage by numerous people, and police knocked on the door to his condo to have a wee chat.

The case, which Buso says is "strange", has been referred to the detective's unit for further investigation.

CCTV footage of two earlier incidents failed to identify the culprit.

Weaver said she would like not only her signs given back, but she wants answers. "I want an apology, and I want to know why," she said.

Buso, on the other hand, was hesitant to provide comment to journalists.

"I wish I could talk to you, but I can't," he said.

No doubt the good folk of Salem are in for a few sleepless nights until the mystery of the stolen ice cream signs is resolved.

We all scream for ice cream
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