On July 1, $4,000 worth of costume jewelry worn by Sarandon in Miramax's Shall We Dance?, which also stars Jennifer Lopez and Richard Gere, was reported stolen from the film's prop room on the Winnipeg, Manitoba, set, The New York Post reports.
On July 2, a 38-year-old Ontario man was found stabbed and decapitated in a low-end hotel room in downtown Winnipeg. Just feet away from the body lay the very necklace reported missing. Police said the victim, Robin Robert Greene, had stolen the bauble, but did not known how he got onto the set or whether anyone involved with the film's production knew him.
Days later, Manitoba native Sydney Teerhuis, 33, turned himself into the Winnipeg police, saying he believed he had committed a murder. According to police, Teerhuis lead them to the gruesome crime scene at Winnipeg's Royal Albert Arms Hotel, where they discovered Greene's dismembered body. A search of the room uncovered the Shall We Dance? necklace.
Teerhuis was charged with second-degree murder and is being held without bail pending trial. No motive has been established, and detectives do not know if the necklace was a factor in the murder.
The jewelry has since been returned to the movie production and has Miramax confirmed security on the film's set has been beefed up since the murder.
Helmed by Serendipity director Peter Chelsom, Shall We Dance? is a remake of the 1996 Japanese film of the same name. It revolves around an ordinary businessman who finds a new passion for dancing and starts taking classes in order to impress a beautiful female dance instructor.