Pirate Statue Recovered By ECU Police

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A tip to police helped find ECU's missing Pirate statue that was stolen from the campus mall this weekend.

The iconic statute was recovered early Monday at Bradford Creek soccer fields.

"The Pirate was recovered but is currently unavailable because he is being checked out," Lt. Chris Sutton said. "At the appropriate time he will be returned to his familiar place on campus."

Facilities workers say the statue appeared to be in good shape, with only minor damage reported.

The statue was discovered missing around 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

Anyone with information on who took the Pirate should call ECU police at 252-328-6787.


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ECU Police are investigating the theft of an iconic pirate statue on the university’s campus.

The statue is located on the campus mall and serves as a backdrop for photos taken by campus visitors as well as students and graduates at commencement.

It’s believed the purple and gold clad pirate went missing around 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

Anyone who has information about the theft, or where the statue may be, are asked to call ECU Police at 252-328-6787

"The vandalism or theft of university property is not a victimless crime,” said Gerald Lewis, ECU’s police chief. “We will be reviewing security camera footage as part of our investigation to identify the person or persons involved in this incident. Once they are identified the appropriate charges and discipline will be meted out to those responsible."

Police are urging those with information to come forward quickly so the statue can be reinstated for commencement, scheduled for May 9th. Cooperation with the investigation will be taken into consideration, police said.


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