Wood for boat restoration stolen from Watermen's Museum

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by Jonathan Costen, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 6:55 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 1 at 7:29 AM

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YORKTOWN- Authorities are trying to track down thieves that hit the Watermen’s Museum on Water Street in Yorktown. 

They didn’t take money or artifacts. They stole wood.  The yellow pine in the museum yard is used to replicate and restore boats. Officials say that type of wood is hard to come by this time of year.

David Niebuhr, the executive director of the museum, says the thieves knew exactly what they were getting.

“The only thing it’s good for is building boats. It’s not like furniture wood,” he said.

Niebuhr adds the theft will also affect school children who come to the museum to help build boats.

“You're stealing from people who are telling the story you know! We're working with kids we're working with almost no budget and everything we're doing on these boat projects is donated. Most of the classes that we offer are for kids with disabilities and learning issues. We offer them for free and that's who they took it from,” he adds.

The wood is valued at $1,500.  

If you know anything about the theft, call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

 

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