CA Police recover stolen World War I-era cannon
RICHMOND, CA (FOX News) -- California police on May 12 recovered a 1-ton, World War I-era cannon swiped from a Veteran's Hall earlier this month.
Richmond police said the cannon was stolen May 1 when nearby vendors were setting up the city's Cinco de Mayo festival. Surveillance video captured two men using bolt cutter to cut a chain securing the cannon and towing it away it on the back of a pickup.
A man who purchased the cannon called police Thursday after seeing a report of its theft. Lt. Felix Tan says it appears the buyer didn't know the cannon had been stolen.
Tan said that the cannon's metal is worth about $1,500 when melted down.
"It's priceless in my book," Tan said.
Tan said it appears the thieves developed a well-thought out plan to steal the cannon. They struck at a time when a pickup hauling a large cannon wouldn't seem out of place because of preparations to celebrate the Mexican Army's victory over French forces on May 5, 1862.
Further, Tan said that a major thoroughfare through the city was closed because of Cinco De Mayo, allowing the thieves a quick escape.
Richmond police posted more details and photos of the cannon being returned to Richmond Veterans Memorial Hall on the department's Facebook page.