By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Dec 02, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Call out the architecture police, the building theft squad!!

Looking at the occasional magazine that arrives a few times each year with the one newspaper I subscribe to, I was shocked to see -- in an ad for the new BMW Series 5 autos -- that a portion of the Milwaukee Art Museum has been stolen.

I guess I haven't driven past it recently and therefore didn't realize it was even gone!

How the clever thieves managed to dismantle the building and remove it to the shore of another lake, one much smaller and with mountains on the opposite side, is beyond me. I would think that moving such a structure would be a gargantuan task.

UPDATE: I just drove down to the lakefront and I see that our Santiago Calatrava-designed addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum is still there!

That can only mean one thing: some clever architecture bootlegger has created a life-size copy of the structure in another location.

(Or, maybe someone is just really good at manipulating photos in Photoshop. But that seems unlikely.)

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.