Skip to comments.Missing anchor was actually reclaimed by US Navy
Posted on 05/20/2008 4:46:17 PM PDT by SmithL
La Crosse, Wis. (AP) --
The case of the missing anchor has been solved. A decorative anchor was reported stolen Monday from where it sat in front of the Naval Reserve Center in La Crosse. The report raised eyebrows because police described the anchor as 6 feet long and weighing 2,000 pounds, and said there were no witnesses to the theft even though the center faces a well-traveled street.
It turns out the anchor wasn't stolen, U.S. Navy Cmdr. Kurt Hedberg said Tuesday. The Navy reclaimed it last year when it ceded the building and land to the city of La Crosse.
"Before the center was turned over in December I was instructed to dispose of all Navy property, and that's what we did," Hedberg said. No one ever asked him for the anchor, which he said is now somewhere in storage.
He also said the anchor was nowhere near the size that police estimated.
"It might be about 500 pounds, 5 feet tall," he said. "When the movers came in they just backed up a flatbed truck and loaded it on."
Apparently no one noticed its disappearance until someone mentioned it last week at a meeting of the Navy Reserve Memorial Oversight Committee, chairman Tom Sweeney said.
The committee, which claimed it owns the anchor, planned to use it as a memorial at the station. Sweeney verified it was missing and called police.
The disappearance became national news. When Hedberg found out about the story in a Navy newspaper he was incredulous.
"I got a call this morning that this was local news in La Crosse," he said. "I was like, 'You're kidding me, right?'"
He called police and let them know the Navy had the anchor.
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I have the anchor in my garage. Don't ask how. I'm selling it on EBay.
Under an alias. Yeah. That's the ticket.
They have it in the warehouse.
And how about this one? I mean, I don't know anyone who's seen this anchor in the past year or so ...
Geeze, at first I thought someone had found Dan Blather.
Cutie Couric is missing somethong (er, thing..)?
Must go deeper into it....
Left hand, right hand, government, etc. etc.
Boy, does that photo ever need an explanation.
I know, if you have to explain it, it ruins the joke.
Pretty cage. No birdie.
These things happen all the time. For instance, CBS constantly loses anchors!
Isn’t that “Anchors Aweigh”?......
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