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Cemetery sign stolen last summer found displayed in Stevens Point pole shed

Published: Jul. 30, 2021 at 10:16 AM CDT
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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) - The Stevens Point Police Department said a sign stolen from Union Cemetery last May, has been found along with several other stolen signs.

A search warrant was executed Thursday at a property west of Stevens Point on County Highway C. The sign was found displayed in a pole shed.

“I am elated that our officers were able to recover the sign,” said Mayor Mike Wiza. “I’m also grateful that someone came forward to help us recover this piece of Stevens Point history. We have a few minor repairs to make and we’ll get the sign back home very soon.”

Authorities found the sign, along with other stolen signs, in the pole shed. Charges are being determined for the suspect.

Minor damage was found on the sign, including missing a number nine in the “1927″ displayed across the front. Mayor Wiza says that there is a plan in the works to repair the sign before it is returned to the cemetery. The sign could return by mid-August.

“Everybody’s ecstatic that we were able to recover this, and yes, justice will be served,” said Wiza, “but the important thing is we got it back and it’s not scrapped and gone forever.”

An anonymous tip led to the sign’s discovery.

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