Posted by lex, on May 17th, 2011
The brass port hole was five feet high, solid and extremely heavy. Park officials noticed that the port hole had been knocked off of its concrete base last week but did not think the vandals would return to steal the monument.
The thieves left tire tracks and wooden planks behind; giving police evidence to start the investigation. Park and city officials believe the thieves stole the port hole to sell for scrap metal. Police are asking recyclers and any scrap metal buyers in the area to be on the lookout for the USS Maine monument and to call police if anyone tries to sell the port hole for scrap.
It’s come to this that Oakland has, 1) citizens who would steal a 113-year old relic of our nation’s history to be melted down for scrap, 2) public servants who believed that anyone would go to all the effort of knocking said relic off a concrete base merely for the vandalism that was in it.