UPDATE: 8 a.m. Thursday – NEWS24/680 has confirmed that the missing field piece has been located in the City of Martinez. We are currently unsure of its condition or if any arrests have been made in connection with its theft. We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.
A vaunted World War I-era fieldpiece which has stood silent sentry duty outside the Richmond Veterans Hall since the late 1940s was snagged in less than a minute by thieves who cut through anchor chain and hauled the 105mm howitzer away behind a pickup truck.
Richmond police, and local veterans, are less than amused and the search is on for the thieves who made off with the wheeled gun, last seen being trundled off behind a blue pickup early Sunday morning, May 1.
The thieves, driving a teal or blue midsize to full size pickup with grey or silver rear bumper and wheels, backed up to the field gun amidst the tents and stands erected in preparation for the city’s Cinco de Mayo celebration and did not appear to have any problem cutting through a tethering length of chain.
The 1 ton, 5-foot iron and brass fieldpiece with its distinctive angled front shield joins a long list of historic cannon, monuments, and other metal objects taken from local cemeteries and historic sites across the country in recent years.
Richmond police ask anyone who sees the gun or knows who may have taken it to call Detective Kaiser at (510) 965-4966.