Read as much as you want on BostonGlobe.com, anywhere and anytime, for just 99¢.

Thieves steal fiberglass cows from Hilltop Steak House

Fiberclass cows in front of the Saugus restaurant before its recent closing.

Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Fiberclass cows in front of the Saugus restaurant before its recent closing.

In the latest indignity to befall the Hilltop Steak House, the Route 1 landmark that closed over the weekend, thieves lassoed two fiberglass calves that were part of a herd that stood watch in front, authorities said.

The Hilltop, a staple of family dining for half a century, has been hit with a spate of thefts over the past few weeks.

Continue reading below

“The black baby calves were taken, with a value of $1,000 each,” said Ronald Giorgetti, the assistant police chief in Saugus. “That took place sometime Friday.” In addition to the cows, 200 plates valued at $20 each and 300 menus valued at $5 each have been stolen.

“I don’t think people realize this is an actual crime,” he said. “It is nostalgic, but it hurts the business; just the plates alone are worth $4,000. It all starts to add up.”

Giorgetti said police are investigating the thefts and are working with the Hilltop and eBay, where many of the stolen goods have been resold, in an effort to track down the items and the culprits.

Jasper Craven can be reached at jasper.craven@globe.com.
Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com