Crime

Large plaque stolen from Tacoma's Karpeles Manuscript Library

Staff writerOctober 1, 2013 

Someone stole this plaque, valued at $4,000, from Tacoma's Karpeles Manuscript Library recently.

PHOTO COURTESY KARPELES MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY

First a cannon, now this.

The director of Tacoma's Karpeles Manuscript Library returned to work Tuesday to find a large plaque displaying the library's name missing from the parking lot.

It appeared someone had ripped the sign, which is likely made of bronze, from a pedestal and carried it off, Tom Jutilla said. He last saw the plaque Friday when he left for the weekend.

"It's very heavy," Jutilla said. "Whoever took it is not walking away with it very easily."

He said the plaque has stood outside the library near Wright Park for about 25 years. It's worth about $4,000.

Jutilla would like it back, as it would be very expensive to replace. He filed a police report Tuesday and is asking anyone with information on the plaque's whereabouts to call law enforcement's non-emergency line at 253-798-4721 to report it.

The library was in the news last year after members of a local American Legion post made off with one of the cannons flanking the library's entrance in an ownership dispute.

The dispute eventually was resolved in the library's favor and the cannon returned.

"We're going to have to start chaining things up around here," Jutilla said Tuesday.

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