Someone has beaten Indy to the punch.
A treasured crystal skull believed to be about 500 years old has vanished from its perch at Kindred Spirits, a New Age store in Claremont, Calif., that had been displaying the artifact in a non-Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull-related fashion for several months.
The store's owner, Persis Newland, reported the missing skull to police about two weeks ago but, despite the cops and the readily available tarot cards, no one has managed to crack the case yet.
Considering the close-knit, easygoing vibe of the customers she would call regulars, Newland figures the theft must be related to the megahyped Indiana Jones film, whose plot is inspired in part by an ancient Mayan legend concerning 13 crystal skulls that, all together, have the power to save the Earth.
The skull resting on the altar in Kindred Spirits' crystal-reading classroom wasn't that old, of course, but, despite the fact that most of the similar skulls in existence today can't be traced further back than the 1860s, some firmly believe in its palliative powers—at least within the confines of the store.