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Channing to Thief: I Want My Dress Back!

9/14/2007 12:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Carol Channing is asking the man who stole her "diamond dress" that was headed for the Smithsonian to give it back. "He must be awfully hungry to do such a thing," Channing told TMZ yesterday. And she added, "They have a suspect ... I won't say his name, because we want the dress back, we don't want him. ... The Smithsonian is sad. I am not sad."


Whose gonna be sad is the suspect who the police caught on tape! Check out the photos after the jump.



The 86-year-old actress and husband Harry Kullijian checked into the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel around 12:30 PM Thursday. Their four suitcases were put into the bellman's cart and left unattended for about 20 minutes. According to LAPD detectives, a thief took the smallest piece of luggage and left on foot toward Hollywood Blvd. Inside the bag was the $150,000 dress that Channing wore as Lorelei Lee in the stage production of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."

Detectives have released surveillance photos of the suspect. He is described as a male African-American, about 25 to 35 years of age, about 6'1", medium build. Police have checked with pawn shops to see if someone tried to sell the dress, but haven't found anything yet. Because of the value of the dress, this crime will be considered grand theft, which is a felony.


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