Stolen Plaque Owner Quickly Found

It didn't take long for the owner of a stolen bronze plaque to come forward after lawmen released a picture of it to the news media.

Wayne County deputies distributed a picture Friday morning of the plaque that turned up at a local metal recycler and within an hour the owner came forward.

The plaque is titled: "The Guardian of Fallen Firefighter and Emergency Medical Workers." It is then followed by a short pledge to those who have died.

Major Tom Effler says it was a display plaque for a local funeral home. Deputies are still looking for those who took it.


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  • by Joss on Jul 16, 2011 at 03:04 AM
    That plaque was really confusing to read. Are you sure it was stolen? I bet it was tossed out because it was horribly written, 'thorough' and 'thorough'.
  • by Grammar Police on Jul 15, 2011 at 05:14 PM
    Please! All the comments about the grammar and style of this plaque are unnecessary. Not only that, it shows the ignorance of some people. Put the text in Word and run the Grammar checker. Other than one missing comma, it has no faults. (I think through not thorough is the correct wording needed). It is just writtenon a 12TH Grade Level. (I know that is above the requirements to Graduate from NC schools).
  • by vol firefighter and emt for 30 years on Jul 15, 2011 at 12:05 PM
    i can't believe someone really paid for this plaque. it was a great idea ..... however, the real crime is they did not melt it down quick enough! to whomever the owner was, please re-make it and display it with pride.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2011 at 11:43 AM
    That's just confusing all around. It's clear the person that typeset this doesn't speak the language well. "Firefighter" singular at the top..? The story isn't worded much better. The "owner" came forward??? Did you mean the person possessing it?
  • by Think Location: Goldsboro on Jul 15, 2011 at 09:59 AM
    If the plaque was scrap metal because of the spelling and grammar, then why didn't the owner just say so? Instead, the police are still looking for who took it.
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      by bob bath on Jul 16, 2011 at 06:01 PM in reply to Think
      do you really think the police are looking for the thief keep dreaming this is beaufort county the thief has nothing to worry about
  • by spelling Location: on the floor, laughing on Jul 15, 2011 at 08:59 AM
    Reading "thorough".. missing commas.. if this was actually a stolen placque it was stolen scrap metal. When I see things like this text and its errors, I feel so bad about where I live.
  • by Vince Location: Washington on Jul 15, 2011 at 08:14 AM
    Maybe it's a "reject" since it's missing a couple of commas where they should be and has an extra comma where it shouldn't be? Not trying to be the grammar police, but maybe it was discarded due to errors?
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      by Anonymous on Jul 15, 2011 at 08:51 AM in reply to Vince
      Not to mention "thorough" instead of "through" in the last sentence.
  • by Viewer on Jul 15, 2011 at 08:03 AM
    Uh, has anyone actually read the plaque? Chances are it was in the recycling bin for a reason. Someone making it probably realized the errors and had to scrap it and start over.
  • by Jenny Location: Topsail on Jul 15, 2011 at 07:58 AM
    Meth heads are stealing anything metal and selling it for scrap, that plaque probably brought him less then $2. They steal a $5000. Air Conditioner then chop it up so it cant be identified and sell it for scrap for maybe $25. I wish they required a license to sell scrap, that would stop a large part of the thefts if they couldnt sell it.
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      by Wonder Bread on Jul 15, 2011 at 11:41 AM in reply to Jenny
      Jenny if you are meaning "they" in your statement as the people that are stealing the stuff and scaping it having to have a license...Well they do....but it does no good what so ever!!! Long story short I have a lot stuff stolen and scraped and I found it the day it was done at a local scrap yard they guy flat out told me he knew who drought it but was not gonna tell a sole because he would loose him as a customer!!! I was like what the.... and the man was honest when the cops arrived he denied knowing anything about it!!! That man cost me over $500.00!! Most of the scrap yards do not give a .... who is bring the stuff just as long as it makes them a $$$!
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      by birdman on Jul 16, 2011 at 05:55 PM in reply to Jenny
      you do have to show id to sell to eany scrap yard
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